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Associate Professor Patrick Biggs PhD, BSc

Associate Professor in Genomics and Computational Biology

School of Fundamental Sciences

Associate Professor in Computational Biology

School of Veterinary Science


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 951 7597
    Location: 2.32, Hopkirk Institute
    Campus: Turitea
  • Ph: +64 6 951 7597
    Location: D5-30, Science Tower D
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of London (1996)
  • Bachelor of Science - Brunel University (1992)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

The pathogenomics and evolution of food-borne pathogens, in particular Campylobacter spp. and Escherichia coli. Also in functional bacterial genomics and metagenomics.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Bioinformatics (060102): Biological Sciences (060000): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408): Infectious Agents (060502): Microbial Ecology (060504): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Molecular Evolution (060409): Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis (060309)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Project Leader 5 10
Team Member 0 2

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 1
Co-supervisor 8 20

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Rose Collis - Doctor of Philosophy
    Metagenomic analysis and.culture-based. methods to examine prevalence and distribution of antibiotic resistance genes on dairy farms

Co-supervisor of:

  • Valter Dos Anjos Almeida - Doctor of Philosophy
    Genetic diversity of enteric microbes and its impacts on host switching
  • Paul Ogbuigwe - Doctor of Philosophy
    The role of protozoan genetic diversity in disease in New Zealand
  • Olivia Angelin-Bonnet - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigation of genotype and phenotype interactions using computational statistics
  • Richard Fong - Doctor of Philosophy
    Evolution and Rapid Diagnosis of Mycobacterium
  • Jabin Vijayan Genitha Helan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Studies of staphylococcus aureus mastitis in dairy cows
  • Sarah Coker - Doctor of Philosophy
    Morphological and Molecular Characterisation of Coccidia (Eimeria spp.) in Kiwi (Apteryx spp.)
  • Janelle Wierenga - Doctor of Philosophy
    Metagenomic evaluation of zoonotic pathogen transmission in Uganda
  • Helen Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Source attribution models for whole genome sequencing data

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Angela Cornelius - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pangenome-guided Tools for Investigating the Role of Epsilonproteobacteria in Human Gastroenteritis

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Michelle Taylor - Doctor of Philosophy
    Microbiota in the honey bee gut and their association with bee health
  • 2019 - Van Hung Vuong Le - Doctor of Philosophy
    Antibiotic Combinations to Tackle Gram-negative Bacterial Pathogens
  • 2019 - Ngonidzashe Faya - Doctor of Philosophy
    The reproductive biology and venom system of the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis
  • 2019 - Leah Toombs-Ruane - Doctor of Philosophy
    Is the family pet a risk for multidrug resistant infections?
  • 2019 - Milan Gautam - Doctor of Philosophy
    Epidemiology of Ovine Paratuberculosis in New Zealand
  • 2019 - Komkiew Pinpimai - Doctor of Philosophy
    Klebsiella pneumoniae in New Zealand sea lions
  • 2018 - Julia Bohorquez Rodriguez De Medina - Doctor of Philosophy
    Companion biota associated with Leptospermum scoparium (mānuka; Myrtaceae)
  • 2018 - Juncong Yan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Genome-wide copy number variation in sheep: detection and utility as a genetic marker for quantitative traits, with reference to gastrointestinal nema
  • 2018 - Andrew Springer Browne - Doctor of Philosophy
    A food chain approach to control of shiga-toxin producing E. coli in New Zealand
  • 2017 - Samuel Bloomfield - Doctor of Philosophy
    Transmission and evolution of bacteria during the course of enteritis outbreaks
  • 2017 - Krunoslav Bojanic - Doctor of Philosophy
    Campylobacter species in dogs and cats and significance to public health in New Zealand
  • 2016 - Kenneth Sugrim - Doctor of Philosophy
    Commercial and Public Health Applications of DNA Monitoring
  • 2016 - Barbara Binney - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Microbial Ecology of Camplyobacter jejuni in New Zealand Within a Spatial-Temporal Framework
  • 2016 - Rima Shrestha - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular Epidemiology of Waterborne Zoonoses in North Island of New Zealand
  • 2016 - Sara Burgess - Doctor of Philosophy
    Characterisation of dairy strains of Geobacillus stearothermophilus and a genomics insight into its growth and survival during dairy manufacture
  • 2015 - Zoe Grange - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ecology, epidemiology and evolution of enteric microbes in fragmented populations of the endangered takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
  • 2015 - Anja Friedrich - Doctor of Philosophy
    Campylobacter jejuni microevolution and phenotype: genotype relationships
  • 2015 - Bernard Phiri - Doctor of Philosophy
    Estimating the public health risk associated with drinking water in New Zealand
  • 2013 - Shoukai Yu - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Evolution of Campylobacter
  • 2012 - Jian Han - Doctor of Philosophy
    Eukaryotic Signature Proteins: Guides to pathogenic eukaryotic parasites

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