Dr Barry Palmer staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63463

Dr Barry Palmer

Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences

School of Health Sciences

My research interests are focussed on genetics and gene variation in an effort to bring the enormous power of genetic analysis to bear on real-world problems. The contrast of the relative simplicity of plasmid and bacterial genomes with the complexity of the genetics of heart disease allows broad scope for new and exciting research projects.

Roles and Responsibilities

School of Food & Nutrition Wellington Health & Safety Representative

College of Health Representative on the Wellington Regional Health & Safety Management Committee


More about me...View less...


Contact details

  • Ph: 64 4 801 5799 x63463
    Location: 3C18f, Block 3
    Campus: Wellington


  • BSc(Hons) - University of Otago (1984)
  • PhD (Microbial Genetics) - University of Otago (1988)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of gene variants as prognostic markers of cardiovascular disease.
  • The role of genes from the human X-chromosome in heart disease.
  • The plasmid biology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Bacterial heavy metal and antibiotic resistance.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408): Microbial Ecology (060504): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)


Molecular Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease

Environmental Microbiology

Plasmid Biology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs


Keogh, JWL., Palmer, BR., Taylor, D., & Kilding, AE. (2015). ACE and UCP2 gene polymorphisms and their association with baseline and exercise-related changes in the functional performance of older adults. PeerJ. 2015(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Palmer, B.
Palmer, BR., Slow, S., Ellis, KL., Pilbrow, AP., Skelton, L., Frampton, CM., . . . Cameron, VA. (2014). Genetic polymorphism rs6922269 in the MTHFD1L gene is associated with survival and baseline active vitamin B12 levels in post-acute coronary syndromes patients. PLoS ONE. 9(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Palmer, B.
Stoner, L., Lucero, AA., Palmer, BR., Jones, LM., Young, JM., & Faulkner, J. (2013). Inflammatory biomarkers for predicting cardiovascular disease. Clinical Biochemistry.
[Journal article]Authored by: Palmer, B.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0


214201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function

214202 Pharmacology

214212 Research Methods in the Health Sciences

214311 Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Ali Heydari - PhD
    Molecular Aspects of Horizontal Gene Transfer and Resistance Mechanism Induced by Heavy Metals in Bacterial Isolates

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey