Dr Michelle Thunders

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Senior Lecturer

School of Public Health

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63461
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Professional

Professional Biography

Academic Qualifications

2015  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

2004  Postgraduate Certificate for teaching in Higher Education (PG Cert HE), University of Westminster, UK

2001  PhD Human Genetics, University College London, UK. 

1997  BSc Human Genetics (Hons), University College London, UK

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding what makes us unique, how our genes are controlled and how our behaviour and our environment interact with our genome contributing to our physical phenotype. I have moved into bioinformatics research, specifically the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data and comparative RNA expression

I am interested in the  epigenetic regulation of our genes, particularly relating environment to fertility and sperm success.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Biological Sciences (060000):
Education (130000):
Epigenetics (incl. Genome Methylation and Epigenomics) (060404): Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Neurosciences (110900):
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)

Keywords

Human Genetics

Genotype:Phenotype analysis

Epigenetics

Polymorphism analysis

Comparative gene expression

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader13

Research Outputs

Journal

Thunders, M., Cavanagh, J., & Li, Y. (2017). De novo transcriptome assembly, functional annotation and differential gene expression analysis of juvenile and adult E. fetida, a model oligochaete used in ecotoxicological studies. Biological Research. 50(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Peng, C., Tang, L., Tan, X., Li, Y., Wang, X., Ai, X., . . . Qiu, J. (2017). Heavy metal fractionation after application of fermented sludge to soil and it's effect on Sedum lineare. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin. 26(1a), 810-822 Retrieved from https://www.tum.de/
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
van Wissen, K., Thunders, M., Mcbride-Henry, K., Ward, M., Krebs, J., & Page, R. (2017). Cardiovascular disease and prediabetes as complex illness: People's perspectives.. Nurs Inq.
[Journal article]Authored by: Page, R., Thunders, M., Van Wissen, K.
Chinn, V., Shultz, S., Page, R., Coad, J., Kruger, R., & Thunders, M. (2016). NEXT LEVEL HEALTH: AN INTEGRATED HEALTH PROGRAMME USING MULTIPLE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE TO DEVELOP A BALANCED HEALTH PRACTICE FOR WOMEN. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 23, S77-S78
[Journal article]Authored by: Coad, J., Page, R., Shultz, S., Thunders, M.
Lu, X., Li, Y., Thunders, M., Cavanagh, J., Matthew, C., Wang, X., . . . Qiu, J. (2017). Differential protein expression and localization of CYP450 enzymes in three species of earthworm; is this a reflection of environmental adaptation?. Chemosphere. 171, 485-490
[Journal article]Authored by: Matthew, C., Thunders, M.
Thomas, JA., Wadsworth, D., Jin, Y., Clarke, J., Page, R., & Thunders, M. (2016). Engagement with online self-tests as a predictor of student success. Higher Education Research and Development. , 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Jin, Y., Page, R., Thomas, J., Thunders, M., Wadsworth, D.
Thunders, MC. (2015). Epigenetics: its understanding is crucial to a sustainable healthcare system. Healthcare. 3(2), 194-204
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Castro, N., Faulkner, J., Skidmore, P., Williams, M., Lambrick, DM., Signal, L., . . . Stoner, L. (2014). Pre-adolescent cardio-metabolic associations and correlates: PACMAC methodology and study protocol. BMJ Open. 4(9)
[Journal article]Authored by: Lark, S., Signal, T., Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC., Thunders, ., Jin, ., Clarke, ., Wadsworth, ., Thomas, ., . . . Page, . (2014). Thunders, Michelle, et al. "Words and Pictures: Back to basics for effective learning in the health sciences." 5.3 (2014): 673-679.. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN EDUCATION METHODOLOGY. 5(2), 673-679 Retrieved from http://ijrem.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC., Thunders, M., Clarke, J., Wadsworth, D., Thomas, J., & Page, R. (2014). Words and Pictures: Back to basics for effective learning in the health sciences. International Journal of Research in Education Methodology. 5(3) Retrieved from http://ijrem.com/ojs/index.php/ijrem/article/view/191
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC., Jin, Y., Thunders, M., & Page, R. (2013). Using a Glossary Random Entry Tool on Moodle online learning sites to improve students’ engagement.. Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/sydney13/program/papers.php
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, M., Jing, Y., & Page, R. (2013). The language of science: An online animated tool for learning the vocabulary used in the health sciences. 30th Annual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2013. , 875-878
[Journal article]Authored by: Jin, Y., Page, R., Thunders, M.
Somdee, T., Thunders, M., Ruck, J., Lys, I., Allison, M., & Page, R. (2013). Degradation of [Dha(7)]MC-LR by a Microcystin Degrading Bacterium Isolated from Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand.. ISRN Microbiol. 2013, 596429
[Journal article]Authored by: Page, R., Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC., Cooper, R., & Anderson-Mangai, S. (2013). Nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and the future of dietary advice. Food and Nutrition Sciences. 4, 999-1003 Retrieved from http://www.scirp.org/journal/fns
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, M. (2013). Iron: A delicate balance. The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine. 1(9), 1-2 Retrieved from http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, M. (2012). Nutrigenomics, the bridge between nature and nurture. The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine. (6 August - November 2012), 76-77 Retrieved from http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/products/the-new-zealand-journal-of-natural-medicine-issue-6/
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Holmes, C., McCulley, M., Nicoll, JAR., Alder, JT., Chen, CPLH., & Francis, PT. (2007). Genetic variation in the 5-HT2A receptor and altered neocortical [<sup>3</sup>H] ketanserin binding in Alzheimer's disease. Neuroscience Letters. 420(1), 58-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Foxall, P., McHarg, J., Thunders (nee McCulley), M., & McGarrick, J. (2007). Medical student as teacher: Inspiring the transition from learner to teacher using the Disney creativity strategy. MEDEV Newsletter. 1(13), 24-25 Retrieved from http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/subjects/medev/Medical_student_as_teachers-_Inspiring_the_transition_from_learner_t
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Holmes, C., Ballard, C., Lehmann, D., Smith, AD., Beaumont, H., Day, IN., . . . Warden, D. (2005). Rate of progression of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease: Effect of butyrylcholinesterase K gene variation. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 76(5), 640-643
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC., Day, INM., & Holmes, C. (2004). Association between Interleukin 1-β Promoter (-511) Polymorphism and Depressive Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease. American Journal of Medical Genetics - Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 124 B(1), 50-53
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Engelborghs, S., Holmes, C., McCulley, M., & De Deyn, PP. (2004). 5-HT2A receptor polymorphism may modulate antipsychotic treatment response in Alzheimer's disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 19(11), 1108-1109
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC., Day, INM., & Holmes, C. (2004). Association between interleukin 1-beta promoter (-511) polymorphism and depressive symptoms in Alzheimer's disease. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART B-NEUROPSYCHIATRIC GENETICS. 124B(1), 50-53
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Wolfe, J., Jeremiah, S., Young, J., Burley, MW., Stewart, H., McCulley, M., . . . Povey, S. (1997). Mapping ESTs to the TSC1 candidate interval by use of the 'Science 96' transcript map. Annals of Human Genetics. 61(5), 401-409
[Journal article]Authored by: Thunders, M.

Book

Greenwell, P., & McCulley, M.(2007). Molecular therapeutics: 21st-century medicine. United Kingdom: Wiley
[Authored Book]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Holmes, C., & McCulley, M. (2005). Pharmacogenetics and the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. In S. Curran, & R. Bullock (Eds.) Practical Old Age Psychopharmacology a multi-professional approach. (pp. 227 - 234). United Kingdom: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd
[Chapter]Authored by: Thunders, M.

Conference

Kurtovich, R., van Stockum, S., Thunders, M., & Lark, S.(2016, September). The feasibility of retrospective studies on young adult pscyhosis patients. .
[Conference]Authored by: Lark, S., Thunders, M.Contributed to by: Lark, S.
Thomas, JA., Wadsworth, D., Chow, G., & Thunders, M. (2016, October). The blind leading the blind: lessons learned from teaching a visually impaired student in first-year university health science.. Presented at National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Chow, G., Thomas, J., Thunders, M., Wadsworth, D.
Chinn, V., Cornwall, M., Thunders, M., Orta, O., & Stoner, L. (2015). Influence of gender on the reliability of central adiposity measurements using B-mode ultrasound. In New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine. Vol. 2 (pp. 89 - 89). , SESNZ
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Chinn, V., Shultz, SP., & Thunders, M.AN INVESTIGATION OF WOMEN’S BODY SATISFACTION AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE SUCCESS OF FUTURE HEALTH PROGRAMS. Poster session presented at the meeting of Nutrition in Medicine 2015. Melbourne
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Shultz, S., Thunders, M.
Chinn, V., Cornwall, J., Thunders, ., Orta, O., & Stoner, L. (2014). Influence of gender on the reliability of central adiposity measurements using B-mode ultrasound. Poster session presented at the meeting of Joint Sports Medicine New Zealand (SMNZ) and Sports & Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ) Annual Conference
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Chinn, V., Cornwall, J., Thunders, MC., Orta, O., & Stoner, L.(2014, November). Influence of gender on the reliability of central adiposity measurements using B-mode ultrasound. . 41 (2)(pp. 88 - 88). 0110-6384. Retreived from http://www.sportsmedicine.co.nz/sites/default/files/u732/NZJSM%20Vol%2042%20Issue%202.pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC.(2014, November). Epigenetics and exercise. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine. 41 (2)(pp. 83 - 83). 0110-6384. Retreived from http://www.sportsmedicine.co.nz/sites/default/files/u732/NZJSM%20Vol%2042%20Issue%202.pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, M., Kim, ND., & Page, R. (2014). Sex, Worms, Genes and Cadmium. In NZ Trace Elements Group Conference 2014 Book of Abstracts(pp. 42 - 42). , New Zealand Trace Elements Group Conference 2014 Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Trace Elements Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kim, N., Thunders, M.
Van Wissen, KA., McBride- Henry, KS., Ward,, MA., Krebs, JD., Harding,, SA., Page, RA., . . . Thunders, M.(2014, May). Complex Illness: The Experiences of People with Cardiovascular Disease Also Found To Have Prediabetes. In New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes Annual Scientific Meeting. Queenstown, New Zealand.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC., Kim, N., & Page, R.(2014, June 30). Sex, Worms, Genes and Cadmium. In New Zealand Trace Elements Group Conference 2014(pp. 42). , Trace Elements Conference 2014
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Jin, Y., Thunders, M., & Page, R.Using a glossary random entry tool on moodle online learning sites to improve students’ engagement – A pilot study.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jin, Y., Page, R., Thunders, M.
Thunders, MC.21st Century Academic. : Vice-Chancellor's symposium 2012
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, M., Clarke, JA., & Page, R. (2011, September). Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries. Presented at Symposium on Assessment and Learner Outcomes. Wellington New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Page, R., Thunders, M.
Clarke, JA., McCulley, M., Stewart, T., & Milne, J. (2011, September). Does scenario based content delivery as an additional resource improve student performance in first year University Bioscience students?. Presented at Symposium on Assessment and Learner Outcomes. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Milne, J., Stewart, T., Thunders, M.
McCulley M, ., Page R, ., & Clarke J, . (2011, September). Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries. Presented at Symposium on Assessment and Learning Outcomes. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Clarke, J., McCulley, MC., Stewart, T., & Milne, J. (2011). response to scenario-based content delivery as an additional resource in a first year Human Bioscince University Course. In 34th Annual International HERDSA conference Book of Abstracts(pp. 41 - 41). , 34th Annual International HERDSA Conference Australia: HERDSA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Milne, J., Stewart, T., Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC., Clarke, J., & Page, R.(2011, July 4). Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries. In Higher Education on the Edge(pp. 45 - 45). , 34th Annual International HERDSA Conference Australia: HERDSA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC., Clarke, J., & Page, R. (2011, July). Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries. Presented at HERDSA 2011. Goldcoast, Qleensland, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Page, R., Thunders, M.
Clarke, J., McCulley, MC., Stewart, TM., & Milne, J. (2011, July). Response to Scenario-Based Content Delivery as an Additional Resource in a First Year Human Bioscience University Coruse. Presented at HERDSA 2011. Goldcoast, Queensland, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Milne, J., Stewart, T., Thunders, M.
Foxall, P., McHarg, J., McCulley, M., & McGarrick, J. (2006). Doctor as teacher: Inspiring faculty of the future using the Disney creativity strategy. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association for Medical Education Congress. Genoa, Italy
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Engelborghs, S., Holmes, C., Thunders, M., & De Deyn, PP. (2004). Poster: 5-HT2A receptor polymorphism may modulate antipsychotic treatment response in Alzheimer's disease. In European Journal of Neurology Vol. Supplement s2 (pp. 183 - 184). , 8th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies [EFNS]: John Wiley & Sons
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Engelborghs, S., Holmes, C., McCulley, M., & De Deyn, PP. (2004). 5-HT2A receptor polymorphism may modulate antipsychotic treatment response in Alzheimer's disease.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Engelborghs, S., Holmes, C., McCulley, M., & De Deyn, PP.(2004, July). 5-HT2A receptor polymorphism may modulate antipsychotic treatment response in Alzheimer's disease. NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING. (pp. S498 - S499). 0197-4580.
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC., Hopkinson, DA., & Whitehouse, DB.(1999, August). Genes and faces: Classification of midline features. PROGRESS IN FORENSIC GENETICS 8. (1193)(pp. 426 - 429). 0531-5131.
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Hopkinson, D., McCulley, M., Hennessy, R., & Whitehouse, D.(1999, August). The genetics of appearance. PROGRESS IN FORENSIC GENETICS 8. (1193)(pp. 3 - 8). 0531-5131.
[Conference]Authored by: Thunders, M.

Other

Thunders, MC. (2014, July). Health: Determined by your ancestry or modified by your actions? (Genetics and epigenetics for the curious). Presented at Association of Women in Science 2014 Conference, NZ. : AWIS.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Thunders, M.
Clarke, JA., McCulley, M., Stewart, T., & Milne, J. (2011, September). Response to secenario-based content delivery as an additional resource in a first year human bioscience university course. : Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Milne, J., Stewart, T., Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC. (2011, September). Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, MC. (2011, June). As it is written so shall it be?.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, M. (2006). Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Portfolio of Indicative Presentations. (pp. 1 - 185). Peninsula Medical School
[Other]Authored by: Thunders, M.
McCulley, M., Clarke, JA., & Page, R.Improving student performance and satisfaction by the development of visual summaries. : Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Page, R., Thunders, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
Supervisor10
Emergency Supervisor10
CoSupervisor11

Teaching

214.101: Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function

214.102: Applied Sciences for Health Professionals

214.201: Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function

214.202: Pharmacology

214.211: Environmental Science

214.212: Research Methods in the Health Sciences

Courses Coordinated

  • 214.201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function
  • 231.733 Big Public Health Issues
  • 250.100 Introduction to Communication in Health

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2014 - Kim Van Wissen- PhD
    Living with acute coronary syndrome and prediabetes: An interpretive description of complex illness

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