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Health Biosciences Research

Health biosciences

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Research Areas

Research in biochemistry, Molecular biology, and microbiology research

  • applied and clinical biomedical health
  • cardiovascular disease
  • immune cell function
  • biochemistry and metabolism
  • clinical microbiology and cognitive function

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About IFNHH

Staff

The Health Biosciences team has expertise across a range of subjects within the field of applied and clinical biomedical health. 

Team members have specific expertise in cardiovascular disease, immune cell function, human genetics, metabolic syndrome, clinical microbiology and cognitive function.

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Phd Study

Current Postgraduate Students

introduction to our world class PhD areas of study

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Consultancy

Consultancy

We undertake consultancy work for Ministry of Health, science academies and organisations seeking our research-based expertise.


Collette Bromhead does consultancy as:

  1. Technical Expert, Molecular Pathology. International Accreditation NZ 
  2. Molecular Scientist, Technical Reference Group for Human Papillomavirus Primary Screening.  Ministry of Health NZ 

The Health Biosciences team has expertise across a range of subjects within the field of applied and clinical biomedical health.  Team members have specific expertise in cardiovascular disease, immune cell function, human genetics, metabolic syndrome, clinical microbiology and cognitive function.  Research in biochemistry is focused on the health effects of diet and exercise, assessed at the physiological, metabolism, cellular, gene and performance levels, and incorporating nutrigenomics and bioactive factors. Key dietary components being assessed include calcium, caffeine, fatty acids, dairy proteins, and seafood proteins. Molecular biology, haematology and transfusion science research is directed towards identifying novel methodologies and disease biomarkers for the use in clinical diagnostic laboratories and genetic markers for use as prognostic predictors. A focus of microbiology research is environmental and clinical aspects of antimicrobial resistance; key pathogens being investigated include Neisseria gonorrhoeae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Chlamydia trichomatis, and human papilloma virus.

Health Bioscience Team Leader

Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick

Associate Professor Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick is the team leader for Health Biosciences, which has team members on all 3 campuses.  She is subject leader for Clinical Biochemistry for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) programme, and her area of research expertise is the use of bioactives for improving health and performance in both humans and companion animals. She is a member of the Centre for Metabolic Health Research and alsoan integral part of Beverage Lab, an innovative consortium that seeks to support strategic innovation to help address the global demand for new health and performance beverages. 

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