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

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

The School of Biological Sciences' research is regularly featured in various national and international media. Read through a selection of recent articles.

  • Conservation silver bullet?
    24 March 2016
    An international team of 30 scientists has conducted the first-ever global study measuring the benefits of eradication of invasive mammals on islands and concludes it is one of the most effective tools in the conservation arsenal.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • Safe disposal of Tip boxes
    16 February 2016
    At the School of Biological Sciences, a collective unhappiness about the inability to choose to recycle Tip boxes, due to a change in supplier, galvanised Technical Team Leader Keith Richards into action.
  • Award winning poster
    15 January 2016
    Group work in the lab resulted in a very focused and engaged group of students from BIOSCI 102 – Plants, Microbes & Society class of 2015; not to mention a winning poster.
  • Rodent eradication successes documented in journal special issue
    13 January 2016
    A special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology has been released documenting both the history and state-of-the-art of rodent eradications in New Zealand.
  • SPARK - Best Business Proposal
    28 October 2015
    Congratulations to Silas Villas-Boas and Ninna Granucci (PhD student), Ivan Luis Ullmann and Niloofar Rafati, mentored by Mark Burgess The team led by Silas, were awarded one of the prizes for the best business proposal at the Spark Grand Prize Giving event 22 October 2015.
  • PhD Studentship in Biosecurity available - Lincoln, New Zealand
    07 April 2016
    This project will investigate the possibility of manipulating wasp foraging based on knowledge of chemical ecology and insect learning, and investigate potential new tactics for control. It is part of the National Science Challenge; our Biological Heritage. Based within Plant & Food Research’s Biosecurity Group at Lincoln near Christchurch, the PhD student will be supervised by scientists with established reputations in chemical ecology and insect behavior.