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.

  • 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.
  • BreatheHero win Spark commercialisation prize
    25 October 2015
    BreatheHero(TM) was awarded the UniServices Research Commercialisation Prize at the Spark 100k Challenge Grand Prize Giving.
  • 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.