SBS celebrates 17 new doctors of philosophy

15 May 2014
Megha Shah, left, and Ivone Leong at the graduation breakfast-400px
Megha Shah, left, and Ivone Leong at the graduation breakfast.

The School of Biological Sciences celebrated 17 new Phds during its Autumn Graduation breakfast, held at the Thomas building last Friday.

The new doctors of philosophy, their topics, and their supervisors are listed below (note that in some cases, thesis titles have not been finalised):


  • Aisyah Rehan, Structure and function of proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis energy metabolism (Professor Ted Baker);
  • Megha Shah, The roles of the DING proteins as a virulence factor for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, (Dr Ken Scott);
  • Chrissie Painting, Sex and conflict in the New Zealand giraffe weevil (Dr Greg Holwell);
  • Georgina Rae, Analysis of the mechanisms of dormancy in plant model systems (Dr Karine David);
  • Colin Tan, Transmission and effects of mycoviruses on Botrytis cinerea (Professor Mike Pearson);
  • Karmun Chooi, Molecular characterisation of Grapevine Leafroll-associated virus-3 (Professor Mike Pearson);
  • Ivone Leong, Zebrafish modelling of Long QT Syndrome (Associate Professor Don Love);
  • Gloria Xun, Characterising the interaction between a pore-forming antimicrobial protein and model membranes by NMR spectroscopy (Dr Andrew Dingley);
  • Kee Wee Tan, Designing novel food synergies in the creation of health-promoting functional food (Associate Professor Nigel Birch);
  • Nathan Deed, Plant cell expansion: What is the basic mechanism underlying the auxin response? (Dr Karine David);
  • Sarah Wyse, Alternative stable state theory in kauri forest: Kauri as an ecosystem engineer and its effects on its associated plant communities (Dr Bruce Burns);
  • Lynda Whiting, Preptin as a hormone secreted from the gut and involved in glucose homeostasis (Professor Garth Cooper);
  • Jason Busby, Structural analysis of insecticidal toxins (Associate Professor Shaun Lott);
  • Anne Tomlinson, Decomposition processes in New Zealand native forests (Associate Professor Jacqueline Beggs);
  • Andrew Dare, Biosynthesis of phloretin and phlorizin in Malus domestica (Associate Professor Dave Greenwood);
  • Steven Wu, Novel statistical methods for analysing proteomic and clinical data associated with pregnancy-related diseases (Professor Allan Rodrigo);
  • Lucia Tang, Evaluation of icistronic vectors based on adeno-associated virus for immunotherapeutic use (Dr John Taylor).