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Dr Heather Hendrickson PhD

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Roles and Responsibilities

Major Leader Biological Sciences, Albany

Massey Phage Whānau, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Science Communication See Heather's Website for more information about science communication engagement. microbialevolution.massey.ac.nz 

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. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 5, Building 14
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Biology - University of Pittsburgh (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Heather is fascinated by evolution and the microbial world. Her laboratory works on the evolution of bacteria (cell shape, effect of predation and horizontal gene transfer) and the discovery and biology of bacteriophages, the viruses of bacteria. Heather's lab is also working on DNA replication termination in bacteria and how the evolutionary and molecular details of this process can be reconciled. 

Thematics

Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500)

Keywords

Genomics, Genetics, Bacteria, Evolution, Bacteriophages, Microbiology, Fluorescent Microscopy, Bacteriophage Genomics, Pathogenicity, Cell Shape Evolution, Horizontal Gene Transfer,  

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 10

Current Projects

Project Title: Bacteriophage discovery for AFB eradication

Date Range: 2017 - 2018

Funding Body: Agricultural & Marketing Research & Development Trust Board, The

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Hanauer, DI., Graham, MJ., SEA-PHAGES, ., Betancur, L., Bobrownicki, A., Cresawn, SG., . . . Hatfull, GF. (2017). An inclusive research education community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 114(51), 13531-13536 Retrieved from http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/12/04/1718188115.long
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Butela, KA., Gurney, SMR., Hendrickson, HL., LeBlanc-Straceski, JM., Zimmerman, AM., Conant, SB., . . . Kagey, JD. (2017). Complete genome sequences of cluster a mycobacteriophages BobSwaget, Fred313, KADY, Lokk, MyraDee, Stagni, and StepMih. Genome Announcements. 5(43)
[Journal article]Authored by: Freed, N., Hendrickson, H., Silander, O.Contributed to by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Bromhead, C. (2017). Untreatable gonorrhoea, are we there yet?. Biochemist Society. June 2017, 30-34 Retrieved from http://www.biochemist.org/bio/03903/0030/039030030.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Bromhead, C., Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL. (2017). Complete genome sequences of three novel pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 Bacteriophages, Noxifer, Phabio, and Skulduggery. Genome Announcements. 5(31),
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, H., & Rainey, PB. (2012). Evolution: How the unicorn got its horn. Nature. 489(7417), 504-505
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, H. (2009). Order and disorder during Escherichia coli divergence. PLoS Genetics. 5(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, H., & Lawrence, JG. (2007). Mutational bias suggests that replication termination occurs near the dif site, not at Ter sites. Molecular Microbiology. 64(1), 42-56
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, H., & Lawrence, JG. (2006). Selection for chromosome architecture in bacteria. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 62(5), 615-629
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Lawrence, JG., & Hendrickson, H. (2005). Genome evolution in bacteria: Order beneath chaos. Current Opinion in Microbiology. 8(5), 572-578
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Lawrence, JG., & Hendrickson, H. (2003). Lateral gene transfer: When will adolescence end?. Molecular Microbiology. 50(3), 739-749
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, H., Slechta, ES., Bergthorsson, U., Andersson, DI., & Roth, JR. (2002). Amplification-mutagenesis: Evidence that "directed" adaptive mutation and general hypermutability result from growth with a selected gene amplification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 99(4), 2164-2169
[Journal article]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.

Book

Hendrickson, HL. (2012). The lion and the mouse: how bacteriophages create, liberate, and decimate bacterial pathogens. In P. Hyman, & S. Abedon (Eds.) Bacteriophages in Health and Disease. Oxford: CABI
[Chapter]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL.(2009). Order and disorder during E. coli divergence.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Lawrence, JG. (2008). Genomes in motion: gene transfer as a catalyst for genome change.. In M. Hensel, & H. Schmidt (Eds.) Horizontal Gene Transfer In The Evolution Of Pathogenesis. : Cambridge Univ Pr
[Chapter]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Lawrence, JG. (2004). Chromosome structure and constraints on lateral gene transfer. In V. Parisi, VD. Fonzo, & F. Aluffi-Pentini (Eds.) Dynamical genetics 2004.
[Chapter]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL.DNA replication can still spring surprises..
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.

Thesis

Hendrickson, HL. (2008). Chromosome Architecture and Evolution in Bacteria. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Pittsburgh)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.

Report

Cook, G., French, N., Hawke, G., Hendrickson, H., Heinemann, J., Le Heron, R., . . . Williamson, D. (2017). Antimicrobial resistance implications for New Zealanders.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: French, N., Hendrickson, H.Contributed to by: Hendrickson, H.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • June 2017 - Present - Hendrickson Science Consulting
    Available for short term consulting projects that correspond to her research expertise.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 0

Teaching

Coordinator for Bacteriophage Discover and Genomics (HHMI SEAPHAGES course) 246202

Teaching into Biology of Cells 162101

Teaching into Principles of Genetics 203212

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Danielle Kok - Doctor of Philosophy
    ABAtE: Active Bacteriophages for AFB Eradication
  • Farhad Sadeghpour Golzar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Experimental Evolution Under Predation in Pseudomonas Fluorescens SBW25
  • Paul Richard Yulo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Genetics and Evolution of Cell Shape in Bacteria

Media and Links

Media

  • 01 May 2013 - Magazine, Newspaper, Online
    36 Written Articles, Comments and Interviews since
    Science Media Centre NZ, Future NZ Magazine, New Zealand Herald, The Node, North & South Magazine, Curious Minds, GirlBossNZ, SciBlogs, In Situ Science, AMA Reddit, BBC Future Magazine, InfectedNZ,
  • 01 Dec 2013 - Radio
    Radio Interviews: 28 since 2013
    Radio New Zealand, Radio Live & 95 BFM
  • 01 Dec 2013 - Television
    33 Broadcast TV appearances since 2013
    First Line, The Paul Henry Show, TV3,

Other Links

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