Our researchers are using techniques from areas such as computer science, contemporary genomics and statistics to decipher large biological systems such as DNA, RNA and chromatin information, including modelling genome dynamics. One focus is establishing how genetic variation is distributed within and between individuals and determining how this diversity changes over evolutionary time.
Complex biological networks
We bring together approaches from molecular, computational and evolutionary biology to understand how the networks in cellular processes function, and how changes at the molecular level translate into changes at the cellular and organismal level.
We create statistical tools for ecological applications, including models of ecological systems, species’ abundances, biodiversity and community ecology. We engage in active field-based ecological research, and consulting for environmental monitoring and impact assessment.
Massey University staff are working on world-leading collaborative research covering a range of areas related to infectious diseases and their transfer between the environment, animals and humans.
We have a broad range of specialists in animal, human and environmental health who are researching trends and solutions to emerging national and international public health issues caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses.
We model continuum mechanics, flow in porous media, heat and mass transfer, geophysical systems and pollution transport, stellar dynamics and celestial mechanics, breathing and gas exchange and the spread of infectious diseases.
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Is your pet making you sick?
Household pets are a possible source of multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections, which the World Health Organization has identified as a major threat to human health, with numbers of infections on the rise.
A multi-disciplinary and cross-institution study aimed to identify novel risk factors for the growing number of community-acquired infections in New Zealand, including possible links between companion animals carrying resistant bacteria and human infection.
Rapid detection of COVID-19
Senior genetics lecturers Dr Olin Silander and Dr Nikki Freed are working on a rapid diagnosis and genome sequencing method to follow COVID-19 outbreak. The streamlined protocols for virus detection and genome sequencing they are developing could reduce the time it takes to test for the virus and to perform the viral genome sequencing, ultimately helping to curtail the spread of the virus.
Take it from the birds
Associate Professor Alona Ben-Tal led a project that developed mathematical equations to describe how the avian respiratory system works. In birds, air flows in one direction during both inspiration and expiration, in an area of the lungs where gas exchange occurs. The project provides a new explanation on the way in which this unidirectional flow is generated.
The EpiCentre along with mEpiLab and China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) are recognised by the World Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as a Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health.OIE Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
The EpiCentre is the largest veterinary epidemiology training and research centre in Australasia. It is widely considered to be one of the leading groups in the world. We have expertise in the understanding and control of disease in animal populations, the transmission of disease from animals to humans, and hazards in food of animal origin.
Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDReC)
The Centre engages in applied research concerning multi-host pathogens and fundamental research regarding pathogen evolution and disease emergence. We cover the spectrum of population-based infectious disease research from microbiology, through population genetics, epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, disease ecology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and public health.
The mEpiLab's works to improve the health of New Zealanders by developing and applying new techniques to inform decision making and guide the prevention and control of infectious disease.