Miss Kate Lee

Bsc. UCD, Msc. UCD, Msc. DCU

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Hihi, also called Stichbird (Notiomystis cincta), are an endemic New Zealand forest-dwelling bird which were last seen on the mainland in 1883. A Hihi recovery program has been operating since the 1980’s, and the birds have been translocated to predator-free islands and fenced wildlife parks with increasing success. In particular the birds on Tiritiri Matangi have been monitored through every breeding season since they were translocated there in 1995 and 1996 and their pedigree has been established by a microsatellite genetics study.

As part of the ongoing Hihi recovery program, I am developing a genomics toolkit for hihi with Dr Anna Santure (University of Auckland) to look at the variation in the population at the genome level. We hope to use the output to predict the adaptive potential of the population for future conservation work

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Anna Santure and Associate Professor Craig Millar

Areas of expertise



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Alam, M. M., Solyakov, L., Bottrill, A. R., Flueck, C., Siddiqui, F. A., Singh, S., ... Hopp, C. S. (2015). Phosphoproteomics reveals malaria parasite Protein Kinase G as a signalling hub regulating egress and invasion. Nature Communications, 6 (1).10.1038/ncomms8285
  • O’Neill JS, Lee, K. D., Zhang, L., Feeney, K., Webster, S. G., Blades, M. J., ... Wilcockson, D. C. (2015). Metabolic molecular markers of the tidal clock in the marine crustacean Eurydice pulchra. Current Biology, 25 (8), R326-R327. 10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.052
  • Kourmpetli, S., Lee, K., Hemsley, R., Rossignol, P., Papageorgiou, T., & Drea, S. (2013). Bidirectional promoters in seed development and related hormone/stress responses. BMC Plant Biology, 13 (1), 187-187. 10.1186/1471-2229-13-187

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Primary office location

COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level 1, Room 102
New Zealand