School of Biological Sciences

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.

Meet our staff

Associate Professor Debbie Hay hopes that her current research into ways to halt tumour growth will lead to new treatments to fight cancer.

Find a research project

Looking for a PhD, MSc or BSc(Hons) research project? Browse through a list of available projects and supervisors in our 3 thematic research sections.

SBS in the media

Every week, the School of Biological Sciences' research is featured in various national and international media. Read through a selection of recent articles.

  • NZ-China science partnership celebrated
    25 September 2015
    Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has unveiled a plaque at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guangzhou which represents the partnership between the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health and New Zealand’s Maurice Wilkins Centre, which collectively have formed the Joint Centre for Biomedicine.
  • Rutherford Fellowships announced
    17 September 2015
    The Hon Steven Joyce announced 12 new Rutherford Fellowships today. Seven of the new fellows will be based at the University of Auckland and four within the Faulty of Science.
  • Auckland’s trees vulnerable to housing intensification
    04 June 2015
    Auckland’s trees have little protection against urban intensification and of those that are left, only a few are listed for preservation, a new study has found.
  • Leading chemistry researcher wins award
    20 May 2015
    Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has been named as one of this year’s Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
  • Putting a price on a predator-free New Zealand
    16 March 2015
    A vision of a New Zealand free from the worst introduced predators is not a fantasy, say scientists, who have analysed the costs of such a project for the first time.
  • Study of leaf pores may help scientists predict climate
    04 March 2015
    A major global research project to help build better climate models is using data collected from plants at 56 sites around the world including kauri trees at Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.