School of Natural and Computational Sciences - molecular biology cluster

Discipline leader - molecular biology

  • Prof Timothy Cooper

    Prof Timothy Cooper

    Professor of Molecular Biosciences - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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Staff

  • Prof Timothy Cooper

    Prof Timothy Cooper

    Professor of Molecular Biosciences - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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  • Dr Gayle Ferguson

    Dr Gayle Ferguson

    Lecturer - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

    Deputy Academic Dean - Science - College of Sciences

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  • Dr Nikki Freed

    Dr Nikki Freed

    Lecturer in Genetics - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    My research involves the study of bacterial pathogens. Current projects include: 

    • Using next generation sequencing to identify essential genes in the bacterial pathogen Shigella flexneri
    • Using laboratory evolution to investigate genetic and epigenetic changes underlying antibiotic resistance
    • I dabble in a number of other projects that include using DNA sequencing to investigate animal diets, soil metagenomics, and bacteriophage discovery
    • Addtionally, I do consulting work for a New Zealand based start up company that is developing portable qPCR devices. 

  • Dr Heather Hendrickson

    Dr Heather Hendrickson

    Senior Lecturer - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    Dr Heather Hendrickson's lab at Massey University is investigating microbial evolution and bacteriophage biology. We have projects involving the evolution of cell shape and bacterial pathogenicity and a growing interest in the natural parasites of bacteria from bacteriophages (the viruses of bacteria) to protozoa and multicellular predators of bacteria. We use a combination of fluorescent microscopy, flow cytometry, genetics, genomics and microbiology techniques to learn about how microscopic entities affect one another over multiple time scales. 

  • Dr Honour McCann

    Dr Honour McCann

    Lecturer - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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  • Dr Elizabeth Ostrowski

    Dr Elizabeth Ostrowski

    Senior Lecturer - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    My research is focused on ecology and evolutionary biology, with emphasis on the dynamics of adaptation in microbial populations. Recently my research has focused on cooperation and conflict – how do microbes build societies to mutual benefit of their members, while safeguarding themselves against cheats?

  • Prof Thomas Pfeiffer

    Prof Thomas Pfeiffer

    Professor in Computational Biology/Biochemistry - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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  • Associate Professor Evelyn Sattlegger

    Associate Professor Evelyn Sattlegger

    Associate Professor - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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  • Dr Sebastian Schmeier

    Dr Sebastian Schmeier

    Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomics - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    Sebastian Schmeier (http://sschmeier.com) is a research group leader and Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomics at the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (INMS) at Massey University Auckland, the bioinformatics lead of the Massey Genome Service, and an Affiliate Investigator at the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery. His group combines computational methods and biology to answer questions in the fields of genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenetics, with a focus on gene regulation, non-coding RNAs, and data-driven biomedical discovery. Besides research, Sebastian is also highly interested in the computational and bioinformatics up-skilling of students and scientists. For more information see the lab webpages.

  • Dr Olin Silander

    Dr Olin Silander

    Senior Lecturer in Genetics - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    My research focuses on microbial evolution. Current projects include:

    • How gene expression noise evolves
    • How E. coli responds to and learns from environmental signals
    • How behavioural responses in E. coli evolve

  • Dr Xue-Xian Zhang

    Dr Xue-Xian Zhang

    Senior Lecturer - School of Natural and Computational Sciences

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    I am a microbiologist currently working in the fields of bacterial molecular genetics, bacterial pathogenicity, experimental evolution, and the ecology of microbial communities in the soil. I have strong research interests to develop new strategies that can help prevent bacterial infectious diseases of plants as well as humans.

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