Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences


We offer students, individuals wishing to upskill, and industry a wide range of world-renowned undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, facilities and services. Our school collaborates closely with several leading research centres, and in association with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology operates the first dedicated bio-incubator in New Zealand.

  • Major funding boost for Science at University of Auckland
    02 November 2017
    Thirteen research projects across mathematics, computer science, cosmology, astrobiology, biological sciences, statistics, chemistry and psychology are funded with $8,778,000 from the Marsden Fund for 2017.
  • Auckland Genomics provides new genetic screening technology
    01 November 2017
    Liam Williams, Kristine Boxen and Clare Gebbie from the School of Biological Sciences' Auckland Genomics have been working with ReproMed to perform pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos. This screening, using next generation sequencing, improves the chance of women in their late 30s getting pregnant using IVF by up to 25 per cent.
  • Scientist without Frontiers
    31 October 2017
    For the last three years conservation biologist Dr James Russell has been travelling and collaborating across Brazil as part of the Scientist without Frontiers programme. Follow James on National Geographic voices for regular updates on his work and other exciting developments in island conservation.
  • Blind scholar could help fix her own condition
    30 October 2017
    School of Biological Sciences doctoral student, Alix Coysh, has retinitis pigmentosa and is almost legally blind. She talks to Newsroom about her PhD, using the ground-breaking science of bioinformatics, and working with an Oxford University team on the quest for a cure for her rare condition.
  • EXERSCI 100G now available for all undergraduates on the Summer School 2018 open schedule
    30 October 2017
    Exciting news! The hugely popular General Education course EXERSCI 100G (formerly SPORTSCI 100G) is now available on the open schedule for the 2018 Summer School. This means that it is available for undergraduate students from all faculties and programmes to come and study.
  • Green Chemistry New Zealand 2017 Event as iCalendar
    08 December 2017 - 09 December 2017
    Green Chemistry New Zealand 2017 will be held between Friday 8th – Saturday 9th, December 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. Green Chemistry New Zealand 2017 is co-organised by the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS), The University of Auckland.
  • Viewing diseases though translational lens (Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Sciences, Seminars) Event as iCalendar
    01 December 2017, 12 - 1pm
    Professor Dr Zoya Ignatova will show that translation plays a critical role in modulating disease severity. Moreover, some mutations counteract the devastating effect of a main mutation by fine-tuning translational velocity.
  • The Michael Erceg Public Lecture | Discrete or continuous? Event as iCalendar
    28 November 2017, 6pm
    Is the air in a room a swarm of discrete molecules bouncing around, or a smooth continuum? This talk will be a tour of our mathematical and scientific world, past and present, through this lens of discrete or continuous.