School of Fundamental Sciences staff - biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology

Biochemical research allows us to understand cellular mechanisms such as information transfer (chemical and genetic), bioenergetics, the regulation of biological activities and provides mechanisms to understand how biological systems respond to their environment both in immediate and evolutionary time scales. Research areas active in the area of biotechnology are genetic testing, display technologies, vaccine development, production of biopharmaceuticals and nanomaterials from biological systems and the bioengineering of environmentally friendly materials and processes. We also use a diverse range of molecular, cellular, and animal model tools to investigate the molecular biology of diseases.

Head of Group

  • Associate Professor Andrew Sutherland-Smith

    Associate Professor Andrew Sutherland-Smith

    Associate Professor/BBB Group Leader - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    My research interests are in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.My lab is particularly focused on understanding the relationship of protein structure to protein function, and the implications of this relationship in both biomedical and evolutionary contexts. My teaching contributions are into the BSc (biochemistry and genetics) and BVSc programs. Before taking a faculty position at Massey University I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK.

Biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology expertise

  • Dr Mai Bayarjargal

    Dr Mai Bayarjargal

    Research Technician - Biochemistry - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Rosemary Brown

    Dr Rosemary Brown

    Senior Tutor in Biochemistry and Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Ana Claasen

    Ana Claasen

    Research Technician in Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Helen Fitzsimons

    Dr Helen Fitzsimons

    Senior Lecturer - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    I am a molecular geneticist with a background in molecular biology, genetics and neuroscience. My current research program is focused on the molecular processes that are required for formation and storage of memory, and how their disruption can lead to neurological disease. My teaching contributions include DNA structure and function, gene expression and developmental genetics within the BSc program.

  • Dr Dragana Gagic

    Dr Dragana Gagic

    Senior Lecturer in Microbiology - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Tracy Hale

    Dr Tracy Hale

    Senior Lecturer - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Trevor Loo

    Trevor Loo

    Research Technician - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Rowane Lyver

    Rowane Lyver

    Research Technician/Quality Assurance Manager - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Rose Motion

    Dr Rose Motion

    Senior Tutor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Associate Professor Gill Norris

    Associate Professor Gill Norris

    Associate Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    I am a structural biologist with interests in the relationship between protein structure and function.  I have expertise in protein purification and crystallisation, enzyme kinetics, and a new found enthusiasm for proteomics fuelled by our newly equipped state of the art mass spectrometry laboratory.  My pet project of the moment centres around glycocin GccF, a novel diglycosylated antimicrobial molecule whose activity is dependent on its glycans.  We have characterised its activity, its structure, and partially unravelled its mode of action in susceptible cells and are currently working to find the final piece of the puzzle. 

  • Dr Jeong Park

    Dr Jeong Park

    Senior Lecturer in Mammalian Biochemistry - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    I am a Senior Lecturer in Mammalian Biochemistry at Massey University, Palmerston North.

    I studied chromatin remodeling/modifying complexes in conjunction with the c-Myc oncogenic transcription factor during my postdoctoral training with Professor Michael D. Cole. Then, I joined to the Professor Robert Roeder’s Lab at Rockefeller University to extend my studies in the transcriptional regulation of eukaryotic genome with regard to the p53 tumor suppressor pathway. Currently I have three major research topics that are relevant to basic cancer biolgoy and biochemistry.

  • Associate Professor Jasna Rakonjac

    Associate Professor Jasna Rakonjac

    Associate Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Matthew Savoian

    Dr Matthew Savoian

    Senior Lecturer/Director - Manawatu Microscopy and Imaging Centre (MMIC) - School of Fundamental Sciences

    Senior Lecturer/Director - Manawatu Microscopy and Imaging Centre (MMIC) - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Anja Schiemann

    Dr Anja Schiemann

    Research Officer - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Prof Kathryn Stowell

    Prof Kathryn Stowell

    Professor in Biochemistry /Biomedical Science - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    I am a biochemist with a background in human physiological biochemistry, protein biochemistry and regulation of gene expression. My research interests turned towards molecular genetics with a focus on the underlying causes of Malignant Hyperthermia in humans, but I remain a biochemist at heart. I work closely with anaesthetists at Palmerston North hospital on DNA analysis for Malignant Hyperthermia and calcium homeostasis in skeletal muscle. I run a research laboratory as well as an IANZ accredited diagnostic laboratory for Malignant Hyperthermia and teach a range of subjects including DNA structure, function and analysis, metabolic biochemistry and regualtion of gene expression.

  • Associate Professor Andrew Sutherland-Smith

    Associate Professor Andrew Sutherland-Smith

    Associate Professor/BBB Group Leader - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    My research interests are in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.My lab is particularly focused on understanding the relationship of protein structure to protein function, and the implications of this relationship in both biomedical and evolutionary contexts. My teaching contributions are into the BSc (biochemistry and genetics) and BVSc programs. Before taking a faculty position at Massey University I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK.

  • Dr Ningxin Zhang

    Dr Ningxin Zhang

    Research Technician - School of Fundamental Sciences

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