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Roles and Responsibilities:
Major Leader Integrative Biology,
Major Leader Biological Sciences,
Vice President, New Zealand Microbiological Society
Massey Phage Whānau, School of Natural and Computational Sciences
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, endosymbiosis and bacterial pathogenicity and a growing interest in the natural parasites and predators of bacteria. We also have a strong interest in bacteriophages, the viruses that infect and destroy 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.
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.
Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500)
Genomics, Genetics, Bacteria, Evolution, Bacteriophages, Microbiology, Fluorescent Microscopy, Bacteriophage Genomics, Pathogenicity, Cell Shape Evolution, Horizontal Gene Transfer,
Project Title: It's complicated: Experimentally tracking the evolution of endosymbiosis in real time
Date Range: 2019 - 2022
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
Project Title: Bacteriophage discovery for AFB eradication
Date Range: 2017 - 2019
Funding Body: Agricultural & Marketing Research & Development Trust Board, The
Coordinator for Bacteriophage Discover and Genomics (HHMI SEAPHAGES course) 246202
Teaching into Biology of Cells 162101
Teaching into Principles of Genetics 203212