SBS scoops six Marsdens

13 November 2014

Six researchers from the School of Biological Sciences have scooped grants from the prestigious Marsden Fund.

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble (SBS and the School of Chemical Sciences) won $765,000
for her research titled Unravelling the unprecedented architecture of the NZ natural product portimine using molecular chess.

Dr Tony Hickey won $773,000 for his work, titled How to avoid brain damage during oxygen deprivation? Intertidal fish provide a unique test model.

Associate Professor Joanna Putterill was granted $773,000 for her research, titled Questioning the CO-FT regulon model and discovering genes that regulate photoperiodic and low nitrogen-induced flowering in the model legume Medicago.

Associate Professor Shaun Lott was granted $773,000 for his project RHS-repeat-containing proteins, a new paradigm for targeted protein delivery.

Dr Anna Santure won $808,000 for her work, titled Predicting the adaptive potential of small populations: a case study in the endangered New Zealand hihi.

Dr Christopher Squire won $750,000 for his work, called Probing the chemistry of novel protein crosslinks.

Overall, 28 University of Auckland researchers and research groups won grants, representing a total value of $15.2 million. University of Auckland research amounted to 27.3 percent of the total awarded this year. Says Distinguished Professor Jane Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), “The University prides itself on the excellence of its research and we congratulate all our researchers on the calibre of their work.”

The Marsden Fund was established by the New Zealand government in 1994 in order to support excellence in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities in New Zealand by providing grants for investigator-initiated research.

For a full feature on SBS’s Marsden Fund projects, see here.