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Dr Zoe Jordens

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Fundamental Sciences

I have a broad interest in medical microbiology having spent more than 10 years as a full-time research scientist in UK medical schools and public health laboratories before moving to New Zealand and joining Massey University as a lecturer in microbiology in 2002. While in the UK, my research focused on developing and applying molecular techniques to investigate the epidemiology of bacterial infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae and other organisms.

More recently I have become increasingly interested in how students learn science at University and have gained qualifications in education and started research in this area; I was awarded a National Tertairy Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Research into tertiary science teaching and learning has now become my main area of research interest. I am currently investigating science lecturers' conceptions of quality teaching and learning.

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Contact details

  • Location: 3.34, ScB
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Science education

Medical microbiology

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biological Sciences (060000):
Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Higher Education (130103):
Infectious Agents (060502): Microbiology (060500)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Supervision and Teaching


Recipient of Massey University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award 2012.

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Jatnika Hermawan - Doctor of Philosophy
    1. The Elucidation of Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer Mechanism in MnSOD through Structural Analysis of MnSODs 2. The Analysis of the Process of Inquiry based Learning from Students' Conversations in a Biochemistry Labs

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Majela Gonzalez Miro - Doctor of Philosophy
    Polyhydroxyalkanoate beads as a particulate vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis
  • 2018 - Caroline Kim - Doctor of Philosophy
    Microbial responses to carbohydrates
  • 2017 - Yajie Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding aspects of alginate biosynthesis and regulation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • 2015 - David Hooks - Doctor of Philosophy
    Polyhydroxyalkanoate granules: surface protein topology and rational design of functionalised biobeads
  • 2013 - Zahid Rehman - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular Mechanism of Export of Alginate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • 2013 - Aamir Ghafoor - Doctor of Philosophy
    The role of extracellular polymeric substances in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm architecture

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