Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

PhD research underway at the University of Otago, Christchurch

 

Department of Anaesthesia

Student : Tracey Pons
Supervisors : Prof Ted Shipton, Prof Roger Mulder and Dr Jonathan Williman
Topic : Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) physiotherapy management : a randomised controlled trial of no-pain exposure versus pain exposure management

Department of the Dean

Student : Sharyn Esteves
Supervisors : Prof Tim Wilkinson and Dr Marcus Henning
Topic : Professionally appropriate social media use for healthcare students

Student : Tracy Haitana
Supervisors : Dr Cameron Lacey, A/Prof Suzanne Pitama and Prof Marie Crowe
Topic : The impact of life events on the course of Bipolar Disorder in Maori

Student : Karen Keelan
Supervisors : Prof Tim Wilkinson, A/Prof Suzanne Pitama and Dr Cameron Lacey
Topic : He Tirohanga Whanui ki nga Mahi Tikanga mo nga Whare Tiaki Kaumatua: Views on What Constitutes Best Practice in caring for Kaumatua in residential aged care facilities.

Student : Joy Rudland
Supervisor : Prof Tim Wilkinson
Topic : The impacts on medical students' learning

Department of Medicine

Student : Rebecca Abey
Supervisors : Prof Tim Wilkinson, Dr Hamish Jamieson and Prof Philip Sluter
Topic : Assessing Health Outcomes of older people using InterRAU data

Student : Yassar Alamri
Supervisors : Prof Tim Anderson, Dr Michael MacAskill and Prof John Dalrymple-Alford
Topic : Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and behavioural markers in Parkinson's disease

Student : Mustafa Almuqbel
Supervisors : Dr Tracy Melzer, Dr Michael MacAskill, Prof Tim Anderson, Prof John Dalrymple-Alford and Dr Daniel Myall
Topic : Multi-Modal Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A biomarker of cognition in Parkinson's Disease.

Student : Russell Buckley
Supervisors : Prof Richard Jones, Prof Lutz Beckert, Dr Carrie Innes and Dr Paul Kelly
Topic : Can early treatment prevent sleep apnoea-related brain damage.

Student : Simon Feng
Supervisors : Dr Michael MacAskill, Prof Tim Anderson, Dr Toni Pitcher and Dr Tracy Melzer
Topic : Analysis of saccadic function in Parkinson's Disease using advanced MRI imaging techniques

Student : Sarah Harris
Supervisors : Prof Richard Troughton and A/Prof Nicola Austin
Topic : N-terminal pro-Btype Natriuretic Peptide and Occult Pulmonary Hypertension in Premature Neonates

Student : Tania Huria
Supervisors : A/Prof Lutz Beckert , Dr Suetonia Palmer and A/Prof Suzanne Pitama
Topic : "Created Equal" : Investigating health system perspectives of disparities in health outcomes for Maori

Student : Venkat Krishnamoorthy
Supervisors : Real-time detection and prediction of lapses of responsiveness
Topic : Prof Richard Jones, Prof Lutz Beckert and Dr Steve Weddell

Student : Megan Stark
Supervisors : Dr Tracy Melzer, Prof Tim Anderson, Dr Steven Marsh and Prof John Dalrymple-Alford
Topic : Amyloid and Tau positron emission tomography imaging in Parkinson's disease

Student : Uma Venkatasubramanian
Supervisors : Prof Richard Jones, Prof Lutz Beckert and Dr Steve Weddell
Topic : Real-time detection and prediction of lapses of responsiveness

Student : Renee Wilson
Supervisors : Dr Jinny Willis, Prof Richard Gearry and Prof Gerald Tannock
Topic : Gut flora and metabolomics in type 2 diabetes

^ Top of page

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

Student : Natalie Conley
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Vetich and Dr Jenny Conder
Topic : An exploration of the experience of registered nurses caring for people receiving compulsory care as care recipients under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003

Student : Fernanda Fernandez Zimmermann
Supervisors : Dr Bev Burrell and Dr Jenny Jordan
Topic : Increasing quality of life at the end of life: an intervention program based on mindfulnes meditation for patients in the context of palliative care

Student : Shirley Harris
Supervisors : Dr Philippa Seaton and Dr Beverley Burrell
Topic : Mastery of breathlessness after a six week multidisciplinary breathlessness support service compared with usual care

Student : Adrian Higgins
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder and Prof Kate Diesfeld
Topic : An examination of the rehabilitative outcomes for care recipients subject to compulsory care orders under the Intellectual (Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003.

Student : Virginia Maskill
Supervisors : Dr Philippa Seaton, Prof Marie Crowe and Dr Maree Inder
Topic : The impact of diabetes on patient's sense of self

Student : Nic McKenzie
Supervisors : Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder and Dr Henrietta Trip
Topic : Advance Care Planning and Intellectual Disability

Student : Sarathambal Sundarajoo
Supervisors : Prof Marie Crowe, Dr Philippa Seaton and Henrietta Trip
Topic : Enhancing residents' sense of control in nursing homes: an intervention study

^ Top of page

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Student : Mak Sarwar
Supervisors : Prof John Evans, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and A/Prof Peter Sykes
Topic : The effect of the microenvironment of cancer cells on gene and protein expression, activation of signalling pathways and sensitivity to drugs.

Student : Alex Tino
Supervisors : Dr Kenny Chitcholtan, Dr Gabi Dachs, Dr John Evans and A/Prof Peter Sykes
Topic : Ovarian Cancer

Student : Irfan Yunianto
Supervisors : A/Prof Peter Sykes, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and Dr Margaret Currie
Topic : The JAKs Stats Pathway in Ovarian Cancer

^ Top of page

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Student : Cesar Alcala Orozco
Supervisors : A/Prof Tim Woodfield, Dr Isha Mutreja, Dr Khoon Lim and Prof Gary Hooper
Topic : 3D printing of funcvtional nano-composite scaffolds for bone regeneration

Student : Pau Atienza Roca
Supervisors : A/Prof Tim Woodfield and Dr Khoon Lim
Topic : Growth Factor Delivery System for Bone Regeneration

Student : Gabriella Brown
Supervisors : Dr Tim Woodfield, Prof Gary Hooper and Khoon Lim
Topic : Strategies for advanced and rapid cartilage tissue maturation using 3D micro tissue assembly and microenvironmental control.

Student : Mitch Durham
Supervisors : A/Prof Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim and Prof Gary Hooper
Topic : Bio-assembly of organotypic 3D tissue models for high throughput screening and regenerative medicine

Student : Jun Li
Supervisors : A/Prof Tim Woodfield and Prof Gary Hooper
Topic : 3D printed porous titanium scaffolds with mesenchynal stem cells for cortical bone regeneration

Student : Naveen Mekhileri
Supervisors : Dr Tim Woodfield, Prof Gary Hooper, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and Dr Khoon Kim
Topic : Integration and automation of a mictotissue based system and its application Biofabrication

Student : Jonathon Parrish
Supervisors : Dr Tim Woodfield and Prof Gary Hooper
Topic : Towards an osteochondral construct for high throughput screening

Student : Josie Shum
Supervisors : A/Prof Tim Woodfield and Dr Justin Fernandez
Topic : Design and evaluation of patient matched fully guided tibial opening wedge osteotomy to treat lameness secondary to canine cruciate ligament disease

^ Top of page

Department of Paediatrics

Student : Angharad Hurley
Supervisors : Prof Andrew Day and Prof Richard Gearry
Topic : The application of a mobile health app to improve the health, well-being and treatment adherence in children with inflammatory bowel disease

^ Top of page

Department of Pathology

Student : Sarah Barr
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker and A/Prof Gabi Dachs
Topic : BRCA1 and BRCA2 mRNA splicing and development of hereditary breast/ovarian cancer

Student : Linda Buss
Supervisors : A/Prof Gabi Dachs, Dr Margaret Currie, Dr Barry Hock and Prof Bridget Robinson
Topic : Investigating exercise-mediated changes in the tumour microenvironment of melanoma and lung cancer.

Student : Rebekah Crake
Supervisors : Dr Margaret Currie, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Prof Bridget Robinson and Dr Matthew Strother
Topic : Impact of obesity and inflammation on breast cancer cell response to chemotherapy

Student : Ravinder Gaddam
Supervisors : Prof Madhav Bhatia and Prof Steve Chambers
Topic : The H2S mediated regulation of oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis/necrosis through Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) in acute pancreatitis mice

Student : Teagan Hoskin
Supervisors : Prof Tony Kettle , Prof Richard Gearry and Prof Andrew Day
Topic : Oxidative post-translational modifications of calprotectin during inflammation

Student : Piyush Jha
Supervisors : Prof Madhav Bhatia and Prof Steve Chambers
Topic : Evaluating the therapeutic potential of hydrogen sulfide inhibition or administration in polymicrobial sepsis (PMS)

Student : Bailey Kennedy
Supervisors : Dr Margaret Currie, Dr Roslyn Kemp, David Gibbs and John McCall
Topic : Understanding the role of innate immune cell populations in colorectal cancer

Student : Hannah Kennedy
Supervisors : Prof Peter George and Dr Kit Doudney
Topic : Application of emerging sequencing and genomic technologies to diagnostic molecular genetics

Student : Vanessa Lattimore
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker, Dr Margaret Currie and Prof Bridget Robinson
Topic : Evaluating BRCA1 and BRCA2 sequence variants that modulate isoform expression

Student : Cen Liau
Supervisors : Prof Martin Kennedy, Dr Simone Cree and Dr Simran Maggo
Topic : The application of nanopore sequencing technology for pharmacogenomics profiling in adverse drug reactions

Student : Ali Mohammadi
Supervisors : Prof Stephen Chambers , Prof David Murdoch and Dr Amy Scott-Thomas
Topic : Volatile organic compounds: identification and application as a diagnostic target for Legionnaires disease

Student : Stephanie Moran
Supervisors : Prof Mark Hampton, Dr Andrea Pearson and Prof Margreet Vissers
Topic : New title from Sept 2011: Peroxiredoxins as markers of oxidative stress

Student : Arthur Morley-Bunker
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker, Dr Margaret Currie, Dr John Pearson and A/Prof Tim Eglinton
Topic : Scoping for RNZ biomarkers of colorectal and rectal cancer cases

Student : Bee Bathish
Supervisors : Prof Christine Winterbourn and Prof Tony Kettle
Topic : Identification of novel peroxidase-catalyzed sulfur cross-links in proteins.

Student : Annika Seddon
Supervisors : Prof Mark Hampton, Dr Margaret Currie and Prof Tony Kettle
Topic : Investigating the biology of tumour-associated neutrophils

Student : Priyanka Sinha
Supervisors : Prof Martin Kennedy , Dr Simone Cree and Dr John Pearson
Topic : Genomic analysis of mood disorder drugs in bipolar disorder

Student : Kim Ton
Supervisors : Prof Martin Kennedy, A/Prof Matthew Doogue and Dr John Pearson
Topic : Application of new technologies to pharmacogenetics

Student : Kate Vick
Supervisors : Prof Mark Hampton and Prof Christine Winterbourn
Topic : Cancer and oxidative stress

Student : George Wiggins
Supervisors : Dr Logan Walker, Dr John Pearson, A/Prof Michael Black and Dr Anita Dunbier
Topic : Gene expression variability in breast tumour development.

Student : Jessika Wise
Supervisors : Dr Elisabeth Phillips, A/Prof Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Margaret Currie
Topic : 3D breast tumour models for drug discovery

Student : Christina Wohlrab
Supervisors : Dr Gabi Dachs, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Prof Margreet Vissers and Prof Bridget Robinson
Topic : The role of ascorbate in renal cancers

Student : Masuma Zawari
Supervisors : Prof Mark Hampton, Dr Anitra Carr, Dion Thompson and Dr Andree Pearson
Topic : Bioavailability and health effects of isothiocynates from nutraceutical preparations

^ Top of page

Department of Population Health

Student : Chidimma Aham-Chiabuotu
Supervisors : A/Prof Gillian Abel and Dr Lee Thompson
Topic : Exploring Internally Displaced Women's Experiences and Resources for Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence in Northern Nigeria

Student : Susan Bidwell
Supervisors : Dr Lee Thompson and A/Prof Gillian Abel
Topic : Exploring how and why people seek out and use dietary supplements and natural medicines to maintain and improve their health

Student : Jen Desrosiers
Supervisors : Prof Tim Wilkinson, A/Prof Gillian Abel and A/Prof Suzanne Pitama
Topic : Medical student explicit attitudes and knowledge about gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity throughout advanced learning in medicine

Student : Rachael Dixon
Supervisors : A/Prof Gillian Abel and Dr Lisette Burrows
Topic : The contribution learning in Health Education at senior secondary school can make to the future health workforce in NZ

Student : Philip Hider
Supervisors : Dr Jonathan Williman and Dr Patrick Graham
Topic : Measuring hospital performance in quality and safety in New Zealand

Student : Toyin Kolawole
Supervisors : A/Prof Gillian Abel and Dr Lee Thompson
Topic : Perceptions of HIV Risk and Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black African Women in NZ

Student : Lev Zhuravsky
Supervisors : A/Prof Gillian Abel and Dr Lee Thompson
Topic : Creating Resilience in Health Care Organizations. Role of Shared Leadership in Realigning a Gap between Work as Imagined and Work as Done

^ Top of page

Department of Psychological Medicine

Student : Amer Amer Nordin
Supervisors : Prof Doug Sellman and A/Prof Simon Adamson
Topic : The role of depression on successful quitting and weight on clients participating in a smoking cessation trial : a mixed method. [title changed 19/10/2010]

Student : Ben Beaglehole
Supervisors : A/Prof Caroline Bell, Prof Roger Mulder and A/Prof Joe Boden
Topic : The psychological impacts of the Canterbury Earthquakes

Student : Vanessa Gray
Supervisors : Prof Richard Porter and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : Cognitive remediation and Apophenia in the elderly depressed.

Student : Samantha Groves
Supervisors : Prof Richard Porter, Dr Jenny Jordan and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : The impack of IPSRT and cognitive remediation on neuropsychological function in recurrent mood disorders.

Student : Jenni Manuel
Supervisors : Prof Marie Crowe, Prof Mark Henaghan and Dr Maree Inder
Topic : Coroner recommendations, suicide and mental health services

Student : Andre McLachlan
Supervisors : A/Prof Simon Adamson, A/Prof Suzanne Pitama, Dr Fraser Todd and Dr Ria Schroder
Topic : Service delivery to rural Maori whanau experiencing co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders

Student : Giles Newton-Howes
Supervisors : Prof Roger Mulder and Prof Peter Ellis
Topic : The antecedents and impact of personality pathology

Student : Mayouri Sukhapure
Supervisors : Prof Richard Porter, Dr Anna Fenton and Dr Katie Douglas
Topic : The relationship between androgen levels, depressive symptoms, cognitive function (an associated feature of depression) and emotional processing in females referred for specialist gynaecological endocrine assessment in Christchurch, New Zealand

^ Top of page

Department of Radiology

Student : Sikiru Adebileje
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler and A/Prof Nigel Anderson
Topic : MARS-CT Nanoparticles Imaging on Cardiovascular Diseases

Student : Marzieh Anjomrouz
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Prof Phil Butler and Dr Chris Bateman
Topic : Effect of xray source parametrs on image quality for MARS

Student : Fatemeh Asghariomabad
Supervisor : Prof Anthony Butler, A/Prof Nigel Anderson and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Developing novel approaches and laboratory environments for Spectral (multi-energy) CT imaging of atheroma to detect and monitor vulnerable plaque

Student : Ali Atharifard
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Prof Phil Butler and Dr Stephen Bell
Topic : Detector characterization for improving image quality in MARS scanner

Student : Srinidhi Bheesette
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Dr Anne Dabrowski and Prof Phil Butler
Topic : Development of Medipix based mixed-field radiation measurement system for the CMS experiment.

Student : Chiara Lowe
Supervisors : A/Prof Nigel Anderson and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Measuring the activity of cancer using targeted nanoparticles and MARS imaging

Student : Emmanuel Marfo
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja and Dr Nanette Schleich
Topic : Radiation protection of patients undergoing high dose rate brachytherapy treatment

Student : Mahdieh Moghiseh
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Dr Nigel Anderson and Prof Phil Butler
Topic : Optimization of spectral CT for novel applications of nano-particles

Student : Maya Rajeswari Amma
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, A/Prof Nigel Anderson and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic : Study of bone-metal interface in orthopaedic application using spectral CT

Student : Mohsen Ramyar
Supervisors : Prof Anthony Butler, Dr Tim Woodfield and Dr Nigel Anderson
Topic : Spectral CT

^ Top of page

Department of Surgery

Student : Alan Aitchison
Supervisors : Dr Jacqui Keenen and Prof Martin Kennedy
Topic : The role of Enterotoxic Bacteroides fragilis in the loss of E-cadherin in colorectal cancer

Student : Manar Khashram
Supervisors : Prof Justin Roake and A/Prof Gregory Jones
Topic : Development and validation of medical decision tools in detection and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm

Student : Katie Rasmussen
Supervisors : Dr Jacqui Keenan and Dr Logan Walker
Topic : A bacterial driver of colon carcinogenesis

For more information

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
P O Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 0527
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz