School of Fundamental Sciences staff - genetics, genomics and evolution

Our research focuses on understanding how organisms adapt and interact with their environment and with each other. Toward this goal, we utilize the latest technologies, including genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, along with more traditional morphological, cytogenetic, and molecular approaches.

Head of Group

  • Dr Jennifer Tate

    Dr Jennifer Tate

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Systematics and Evolution/GGE Group Leader - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    Our research focuses on understanding the nature of plant speciation and diversification using a variety of approaches.  We use molecular phylogenetics to test ideas of species relationships, taxonomy, biogeography, and character evolution.  We also use morphological and molecular tools to understand different evolutionary processes affecting plant speciation, including hybridization and polyploidy (whole genome doubling) and plant mating systems.  A recurrent theme of our research is to assess and understand the repeatability of evolution and its effects on morphological and genomic level traits.

Functional and developmental genetics

  • Prof Rosie Bradshaw

    Prof Rosie Bradshaw

    Professor in Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel

    Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel

    Associate Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Prof Barry Scott

    Prof Barry Scott

    Professor of Molecular Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    Barry Scott is Professor of Molecular Genetics at Massey University. His research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of agriculturally beneficial symbiotic interactions between plants and microbes. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 2010 and awarded a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) in 2014. Barry is a principal investigator in the Bio-Protection Research Centre, a national centre of research excellence. He was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists Marsden Medal (2013). He is a Director of New Zealand Genomics Ltd.

  • Dr Vaughan Symonds

    Dr Vaughan Symonds

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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Biodiversity and evolution

  • Prof Murray Cox

    Prof Murray Cox

    Professor in Computational Biology - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    My research addresses fundamental questions in contemporary genomics: the study of an organism's entire complement of DNA. The ability to integrate new genetic technologies with sophisticated computational analysis remains a key bottleneck in advancing the biological sciences. My research group leverages national and international connections to address outstanding biological questions at the interface of genomics, computer science and statistics.

  • Prof Peter Lockhart

    Prof Peter Lockhart

    Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    Peter studies the adaptive potential of plants, pests and pathogens.  He co-leads a French-New Zealand CNRS laboratory without walls investigating the adaptive potential of New Zealand alpine and French Kerguelen Island plants. He is  coordinator of a UNESCO UNITWIN Network Science for Sustainability in Oceania that is developing in-field DNA diagnostics for plant, animal and human health. His scientific achievements earned him an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and New Zealand Royal Society Fellowship.

  • Dr Vaughan Symonds

    Dr Vaughan Symonds

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Dr Jennifer Tate

    Dr Jennifer Tate

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Systematics and Evolution/GGE Group Leader - School of Fundamental Sciences

    Email:

    Our research focuses on understanding the nature of plant speciation and diversification using a variety of approaches.  We use molecular phylogenetics to test ideas of species relationships, taxonomy, biogeography, and character evolution.  We also use morphological and molecular tools to understand different evolutionary processes affecting plant speciation, including hybridization and polyploidy (whole genome doubling) and plant mating systems.  A recurrent theme of our research is to assess and understand the repeatability of evolution and its effects on morphological and genomic level traits.

  • Dr Richard Winkworth

    Dr Richard Winkworth

    Senior Lecturer in Plant Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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Plant-microbe interactions

  • Prof Rosie Bradshaw

    Prof Rosie Bradshaw

    Professor in Genetics - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Prof Murray Cox

    Prof Murray Cox

    Professor in Computational Biology - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    My research addresses fundamental questions in contemporary genomics: the study of an organism's entire complement of DNA. The ability to integrate new genetic technologies with sophisticated computational analysis remains a key bottleneck in advancing the biological sciences. My research group leverages national and international connections to address outstanding biological questions at the interface of genomics, computer science and statistics.

  • Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel

    Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel

    Associate Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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  • Prof Peter Lockhart

    Prof Peter Lockhart

    Professor - School of Fundamental Sciences

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    Peter studies the adaptive potential of plants, pests and pathogens.  He co-leads a French-New Zealand CNRS laboratory without walls investigating the adaptive potential of New Zealand alpine and French Kerguelen Island plants. He is  coordinator of a UNESCO UNITWIN Network Science for Sustainability in Oceania that is developing in-field DNA diagnostics for plant, animal and human health. His scientific achievements earned him an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and New Zealand Royal Society Fellowship.

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