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Dr Heather Hendrickson PhD

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Roles and Responsibilities

Chair: INMS Outreach Committee

Member: Science Programme Review Committee

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

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 5, Building 14
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Biology - University of Pittsburgh (2008)

Prizes and Awards

  • 2014, Massey University Early Career Research Award (5,000 NZD) Project: “Understanding Parasitism in NZ Dairy Industry” - Early Career Research Award, Massey University (2014)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Bacterial genomes structure the way that bacteria replicate, divide, evolve and ultimately rule their environments. The DNA itself is not only the centerpiece of these processes but it maintains a historical record of past events. I am interested in piecing together how these processes are intimately connected and showing how the trace of events in the DNA molecule can be utilized to learn about basic biology.

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 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 8

Research Outputs

Journal

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. 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., Rainey, P.
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.

Conference

Hendrickson, HL., Davies, C., Silander, OK., & Freed, N. (2016). From Soil to Sequencing: The isolation and characterisation of novel New Zealand Mycobacterium smegmatis bacteriophages. Poster session presented at the meeting of Janelia Laboratories, United States of America. Ashburn, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Freed, N., Hendrickson, H., Silander, O.Contributed to by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL. (2016, November). Ninja Phages, A Solution to the Antibiotic Apocalypse. Presented at BBC World Changing Ideas Summit. Sydney Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., Yulo, RP., & Rainey, PB. (2016, January). Evolution of Spherical Cell Shape, an Experimental Evolution Approach.. Presented at Analytical Genetics. Rotorua.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Lawrence, JG. (2015, September). Predicting routes of Horizontal Gene Transfer using completely sequenced genomes. Presented at Queenstown Molecular Biology Mapnet sattelite. Nelson NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., Lawrence, JG., & Barbeau, D. (2015, November). Chromosome Architecture, A Novel Constraint on Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteria. Presented at New Zealand Microbiology Society Meeting. Rotorua, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., Barbeau, D., & Lawrence, JG. (2015, August). Chromosome Architecture, a Novel Constraint on Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteria. Presented at Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting. Queenstown NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Sherratt, DJ. (2013). Replication Termination in Bacterial Chromosomes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Gordon Research Conference on Microbial population Biology
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Sherratt, DJ. (2013, October). Replication termination in bacteria: it ain’t over ‘til it’s over…. Presented at Analytical Genetics. Alta Lodge , Utah.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Sherratt, DJ. (2013). It ain’t over ‘til it’s over: replication termination in bacteria. , Queenstown Molecular Biology Microbes and Men Sattelite
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Rainey, PB. (2012, August). Evolution of Cell Shape in Bacteria. Presented at Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting Genetics Sattelite. Queenstown New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H., Rainey, P.
Hendrickson, HL., & Rainey,, PB. (2012, October). Evolution and Entropy, an Investigation into Cell Shape in Bacteria. Presented at Allan Wilson Centre Meeting. Rugby Centre Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.

Other

Hendrickson, HL. (2017, February). Antibiotic resistance: how did this happen and what will we do next?. In Public. Presented at Sir Neil Waters Hall Massey University Auckland. : Fascination Science Lecture Series.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL. (2016, August). Bacteriophages: Nature’s Ninjas in the Battle Against Superbugs.. Presented at ASB Arena, Mount Mangauni, NZ. : TedX Tauranga.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL. (2015, March). “Tapping into the microbial melee: antibiotic resistant superbugs vs bacteriophages”.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Hendrickson, HL., & Rainey, PB. (2014, June). Towards and understanding of how bacterial cell shape evolves and why it’s important..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H., Rainey, P.
Hendrickson, HL., & Sherratt, DJ. (2013, April). It ain’t over ‘til it’s over : Replication Termination in Bacteria. In Institute of Fundamental Sciences. : Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.

Report

Hendrickson, HL. (2017). Scientific Report: Proteon Phamaceuticals, Lodz, Poland..
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Hendrickson, H.
Wiles, S. (2017). Antimicrobial Resistance Implications for New Zealanders.
[Commissioned Report]Contributed to by: Hendrickson, H.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0

Teaching

Special Topic in B. Nat. Sci : Phage Hunt NZ

Teaching into Biology of Microorganisms

Teaching into Biology of Cells

Coordinating and Teaching into Applied Molecular Biology

Teaching into Genetics

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

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Media

  • 31 Mar 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Mar 31st, “The IPCC report on climate change impact and adaptation, grim news for NZ.” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 31 Jul 2013 - Television
    Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3 News, First Line,
    2013, July 31st, ‘To be a superhero’ Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3 News, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/This-week-in-science-news---April-24-2013
  • 30 Oct 2013 - Television
    Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3, First Line,
    2013, October 30th, “ Kiwifruit research could slow spread of PSA“ Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Kiwifruit-research-could-slow-spread-of-Psa
  • 29 Oct 2014 - Television
    McNeil and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, October 29th “Chocolate, the key to a good memory? Forget it.” Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/world/chocolate-the-key-to-a-good-memory-forget
  • 29 Jan 2014 - Television
    McNeil and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, Jan 29th, “Fertility on the Brain” Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Fertility-on-the-brain/
  • 29 Jan 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    “Climate Change to alter Wine growing in New Zealand and around the world” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 26 Mar 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Mar 26th, “Inferring 3D human facial features from DNA sequence, art and new evidence that E-cigarettes do not help in smoking cessation” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 25 Sep 2013 - Television
    Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3, First Line,
    2013, September 25th, “Have Humans Stopped Evolving?” Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Have-humans-stopped-evolving
  • 23 Sep 2014 - Radio
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    2014, September 23rd, “Non-caloric artificial sweeteners and the microbiome” James Coleman interview, First@Five, Radio Live. Audio: http://thismicrobiallife.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/your-microbiome-a
  • 23 Oct 2014 - Newspaper, Online
    12 Questions interview with Sarah Stuart.
    2014, October 23rd, New Zealand Herald, Business Section, 12 Questions interview with Sarah Stuart. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.
  • 22 Jul 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, July 22nd, “The Beef with beef in the USA.” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 22 Jul 2014 - Television
    Nordquist and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, July 22nd “ Beef Study could have silver lining for NZ industry.” Susie Nordquist and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Beef-study-could-have-silver-lining-for-NZ
  • 21 Aug 2013 - Television
    Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3, First Line,
    2013, August 21st, “Coffee and tea – good, bad or both?” Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Coffee-and-tea---good-bad-or-both
  • 19 Mar 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Mar 19th, “New evolutionary theory to explain life extension due to caloric restriction & the science of RADAR. ” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 19 Feb 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Feb 19th, “Vaccination and the measles outbreak in Auckland” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 18 Jun 2014 - Television
    Shepard and Nordqvist interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, June 18th, “Fighting flu with maths.” Simon Shepard and Susie Nordqvist interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/FIghting-the-flu-with-maths
  • 18 Dec 2013 - Television
    Simon Shepherd Panel TV3, First Line,
    2013, Dec 18th, “2013’s Biggest Science Breakthroughs” Simon Shepherd Interview along with Dr. Michelle Dickinson, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/2013s-biggest-scientific-breakthroughs
  • 17 Dec 2014 - Television
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    2014, December 17th “2014’s Biggests Science Breakthroughs” Sacha McNeil, Michael Wilson and Steve Pointing, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/2014s-biggest-science-breakthroughs
  • 14 Oct 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, October 14th, “Fecal transplantation and and an Ebola update” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 14 May 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, May 14th, “Resveratrol in red wine not all it’s cracked up to be and self regenerating plastic.” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 13 Dec 2013 - Radio
    FDA announces caution over antimicrobial additive
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 12 Mar 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Mar 12th, “Continuing Measels Outbreak Auckland NZ & ‘Spritz’: new technology for reading at super speeds. ” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 12 Feb 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Feb 12th, “The safety of cell phones and complications detecting gene doping in athletes” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 12 Feb 2014 - Television
    Paul Henry interview, TV3, The Paul Henry Show
    2014, Feb 12th, “What’s Killing me today: Cell phones” Paul Henry interview, TV3, The Paul Henry Show, http://www.3news.co.nz/Whats-killing-me-today-Cell-phones
  • 11 Feb 2015 - Television
    Sacha McNeil, Michael Wilson, TV3, First Line,
    2015, Feb 11th “Relationship Science in time for Valentine’s Day” Sacha McNeil, Michael Wilson, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/relationship-science-in-time-for-valentines-day-
  • 10 Dec 2014 - Television
    McNeil and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, December 10th “Bacteria finding baffles scientists” Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/bacteria-finding-baffles-scientists-
  • 09 Jul 2014 - Television
    Shepard and McNeil interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, July 9th, “Research finds men prefer pain over boredom” Simon Shepard and Sacha McNeil interview, TV3, http://www.3news.co.nz/Research-finds-men-prefer-pain-over-boredom
  • 09 Apr 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Apr, 9th, “The first entirely synthetic eukaryotic chromosome and new surprising effects of oxytocin” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 08 May 2013 - Television
    Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3 News, First Line,
    2013 May 8th, ‘Bird Flu and Bacteria’ Rachel Smalley Interview, TV3 News, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Bird-flu-and-bacteria---whats-making-science-news-this-week/http://www.3news.co.nz/Bird-fl
  • 06 May 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, May 6th, “WHO Report on Antibiotic Resistance & the Restorative Powers of Young Blood” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 06 Aug 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live
    2014, August 6th, “Visual Microphone, beyond CSI.” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 05 Mar 2014 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Mar 5th, “Breastfeeding consequences by age 14 and Neanderthal speech clues” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 05 Mar 2014 - Television
    McNeil and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, March 5th, “Usain Bolt can run, but can he fly?“ Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Usain-Bolt-can-run---but-can-he-fly
  • 05 Feb 2013 - Radio
    James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
    2014, Feb 5th, “Norovirus, Phage Therapy and Antioxidants involvement in Cancer” James Coleman Interview, First@Five, Radio Live.
  • 03 Jul 2013 - Television
    Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3 News, First Line,
    2013 July 3rd, ‘Radiation shields to protect astronauts’, Simon Shepherd Interview, TV3 News, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/Radiation-shields-to-protect-astronauts
  • 01 Oct 2014 - Television
    McNeil and Wilson interview, TV3, First Line
    2014, October 1st “ No Warning Signs for Japan Eruption“ Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson interview, TV3, First Line, http://www.3news.co.nz/world/no-warning-signs-for-japan-eruption
  • 01 Mar 2013 - Online, Community Service
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