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PhD research underway at the University of Otago, Christchurch

Department of Anaesthesia

Student: Chad Sloley
Supervisors: Professor Ted Shipton, Associate Professor Caroline Bell, Dr Jonathan Williman
Topic: Relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic pain

Department of the Dean

Student: Sharyn Esteves
Supervisors: Professor Tim Wilkinson and Dr Marcus Henning
Topic: Professionally appropriate social media use for healthcare students: Development of an educational tool to support healthcare students’ appropriate use

Student: Christina Grove
Supervisors: Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger, Professor Tim Wilkinson
Topic: LGBTQIA+ Health Education and Educational Safety

Student: Tracy Haitana
Supervisors: Dr Cameron Lacey, Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama and Professor Marie Crowe
Topic: The impact of life events on the course of Bipolar Disorder in Māori

Student: Karen Keelan
Supervisors: Dr Cameron Lacey, Professor Tim Wilkinson and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic: He Tirohanga Whānui ki ngā Mahi Tikanga mō ngā Whare Tiaki Kaumātua: Views on What Constitutes Best Practice in caring for Kaumatua in residential aged care facilities

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

Student: Sarah Goldsbury
Supervisor: Professor Suzanne Pitama, Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch, Dr Makarena Dudley
Topic: Māori Whānau experiences of neuropsychological assessment for FASD

Department of Medicine

Student: Jozef Crosland
Supervisors: Professor Richard Jones, Dr Reza Shoorangiz
Topic: Real-time EEG-based detection and prediction of microsleeps from deep neuroelectric features in the brain

Student: Margot De Koning
Supervisors: Professor Lutz Beckert, Dr Mike Maze
Topic: The impact of microbiology in empyema and complicated pleural effusion

Student: Ashley Deane
Supervisors: Dr Tracy Melzer, Professor Tim Anderson
Topic: Cerebrovascular medicated cognitive pathology in Parkinson’s disease

Student: Angela Forbes
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Andrew Day
Topic: Epidemiology of IBD

Student: Grace Hall-McMaster
Supervisors: Dr Tracy Melzer, Professor John Dalrymple, Dr Reza Shoorangiz, Professor Timothy Anderson
Topic: Biomarkers for cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease

Student: Ann Holden
Supervisors: Dr Michael MacAskill, Dr Kyla Horne, Professor Timothy Anderson, Dr Reza Shoorangiz
Topic: Investigation of Visual Hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease

Student: Mark Holdaway
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Appleby, Professor Chris Pemberton
Topic: Assessing Erythroferrone in Acute Heart Failure Patients

Student: Hamish Farquhar
Supervisors: Professor Lisa Stamp, Professor Lutz Beckert
Topic: Rheumatoid interstitial lung disease in Canterbury, New Zealand

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

Student: Amanda Landers
Supervisors: Professor Lutz Beckert, Professor Suzanne Pitama, Professor Suetonia Palmer
Topic: Evaluating a proposed model of integrated care for patients with severe COPD in their last year of life

Student: Rebecca Lee
Supervisors: Dr Tracy Melzer, Dr James Foulds, Dr Reza Shoorandgiz, Dr Mustafa Almuqbel
Topic: Early cannabis use and its impact on the ageing brain: an MRI study of a New Zealand longitudinal birth cohort

Student: Jasjot Maggo
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Simone Bayer
Topic: Gut Health

Student: Lee-Anne Morris
Supervisors: Dr Campbell Le Heron, Dr Michael MacAskill
Topic: Cognitive profiles of apathy in Huntington's Disease

Student: Hwei Ng
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Catherine Wall, Sr Simone Bayer
Topic: Effect of habitual intake of green kiwifruit over a 4-week period on gut health

Student: Leigh O’Brien
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Catherine Walls, Professor Tim Wilkinson
Topic: Functional diarrhoea in older adults: causes, dietary management and characteristics

Student: Christina Pike
Supervisors: Dr Toni Pitcher, Dr Michael MacAskill, Professor Tim Anderson, Dr Daniel Myall
Topic: Identifying individuals at high risk of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

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

Student: Akhilesh Swaminathan
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Anthony Kettle, Professor Andrew Day, Professor Mark Hampton
Topic: Evaluation of novel biomarkers in gastrointestinal disorders

Student: Evie Templeton
Supervisors: Dr Anna Pilbrow, Associate Professor John Pickering, Professor Vicky Cameron, Dr Moritz Lasse
Topic: Using non-coding RNAs to identify heart failure patients at risk of acute kidney injury

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

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Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

Student: Jai Chung
Supervisors:
Dr Chris Moir, Associate Professor Jenny Jordan
Topic:
Burnout and compassion fatigue in nursing

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: Ahmad Hammad
Supervisors: Associate Professor Philippa Seaton and Dr Virginia Jones
Topic: The role of human patient simulation in undergraduate nursing education learning in practice: students’ perception

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

Student: Amy Henry
Supervisors: Dr Virginia Jones, Professor Lois Surgenor, Professor Tai Sopoaga
Topic: Palliative Health for Cook Islanders in New Zealand

Student: Adrian Higgins
Supervisors: Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder and Professor 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: Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Maree Inder
Topic: The impact of diabetes on patient's sense of self

Student: Cate McCall
Supervisors: Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Anitra Carr and Dr Sarah Metcalf
Topic: Understanding the personal experience and clinical course of sepsis

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

Student: Gargi Sharma Thapaliya
Supervisors: Dr Beverley Burrell, Virginia Jones
Topic: Management of long-term conditions: quality of life for people with chronic health needs

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Student: Alex Tino
Supervisors: Dr Kenny Chitcholtan, Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor John Evans and Associate Professor Peter Sykes
Topic: Ovarian Cancer

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

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Student: Ellison Aldrich
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Gary Hooper, Professor Wayne McIlwraith and Dr Natalie Parlane
Topic: Development and in vivo Evaluation of Advanced 3D Bioassembled Allogeneic Stem Cell Constructs for Cartilage Repair

Student: Pau Atienza Roca
Supervisors: Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Yogamha Ramaswamy and Dr Lyn Wise
Topic: Growth Factor Delivery System for Bone Regeneration

Student: Kenzie Baer
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Aamir Raja, Dr Khoon Lim, and Professor Gary Hooper
Topic: Quantitative Spectral (MARS) CT Imaging of Cartilage and Bone Health

Student: Grace Griffiths
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Dunn, Dr. Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, Associate Professor Debbie Snell
Topic: Diagnosis and management experiences of patients utilising hand therapy services for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Student: Sang Kang
Supervisors: Professor Gary Hooper, Dr David Keiser, Dr Sarah Whitehouse
Topic: The factors in knee arthroscopy for meniscal tears in degenerative knees

Student: Sandra Kieser
Supervisors: Professor Gary Hooper and Associate Professor Tim Woodfield
Topic: Advanced imaging of early osteoarthritis.

Student: Jun Li
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Professor Gary Hooper, Dr Isha Mutreja and Dr Khoon Lim
Topic: 3D printed porous titanium scaffolds with mesenchynal stem cells for cortical bone regeneration

Student: Gretal Major
Supervisors: Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim
Topic: Development of 3D hydrogel breast cancer and adipocyte models for in vitro screening

Student: Tamara Mullaney
Supervisors: Associate Professor Timothy Eglinton, Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Rachel Purcell
Topic: Neoplasia in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Student: Axel Norberg
Supervisors: Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Gabriella Lindberg, Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Gary Hooper
Topic: Oxygen control in 3D bioprinted osterochondral constructs

Student: Amy Pullen
Supervisors: Professor Gary Hooper, Dr David Kieser
Topic: The factors in thoracic gunshot injuries

Student: Josie Shum
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Justin Fernandez and Professor Christian Puttlitz
Topic: In silico and in vivo, biomechanical evaluation of devices and sheep model for optimised additive manufactured scaffolds

Student: Bram Soliman
Supervisors: Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Professor Gary Hooper and Gabriella Lindberg
Topic: Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for musculoskeletal regenerative medicine

Student: Seth Taylor
Supervisors: Professor Gary Hooper, Dr David Kieser and Associate Professor Niels Hammer
Topic: A further experimental investigation into the viability of synbone ballistic spheres as a proxy to human crania

Student: Laura Veenendaal
Supervisors: Dr Gabriella Lindberg, Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Khoon Lim
Topic: Personalised 3D tissue models for probing cartilage regeneration and integration

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Department of Paediatrics

Student: Stephanie Brown
Supervisors: Professor Andrew Day, Professor Richard Gearry, and Dr Catherine Wall
Topic: Nutrition and Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Student: Mercedes Burnside
Supervisors:
Dr Martin de Bock, Professor Andrew Day, Dr Cameron Lacey, Dr Ben Wheeler
Topic:
Open-source automated insulin delivery in type 1 diabetes

Student: Shaun [Siong Chung] Ho
Supervisors: Professor Andrew Day, Dr Jacqui Keenan
Topic: Biomarkers and Intestinal Flora in Children with Coeliac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Department of Pathology

Student: Grace Borichevsky
Supervisors:
Professor Tony Kettle, Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Louisa Ashby
Topic:
No stool left unturned: Understanding and predicting disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease

Student: Eleanor Burgess
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Professor Margreet Vissers, Professor Bridget Robinson
Topic: The role of ascorbate in glioma

Student: Oscar Graham
Supervisors: Professor Martin Kennedy, Associate Professor John Pearson, Dr Toni Pitcher, Professor Timothy Anderson
Topic: Nanopore Sequencing of GBA

Student: Sarah Heath
Supervisors: Dr Christoph Goebl, Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Vanessa Morris, Professor Christine Winterbourn
Topic: Molecular analysis of p16 amyloid formation

Student: Therese Featherston
Supervisors: Dr Martina Paumann-Page, Professor Mark Hampton
Topic: Exploiting oxidative stress in the treatment of metastatic melanoma

Student: Hyunwoo Jun
Supervisors: Dr Sandy Slow, Dr Steve Chambers
Topic: Developing low risk potting mix products to protect gardeners from Legionnaire's Disease

Student: Ayush Kumar
Supervisors: Professor Madhav Bhatia, Professor Steve Chambers
Topic: Hydrogen sulphide and substance P in acute pancreatitis

Student: Xihua Lian
Supervisors: Professor Madhav Bhatia, Dr Aamir Raja, Professor Steve Chambers, Dr John Lewis
Topic: Invasive Aspergillosis

Student: Sumeet Manandhar
Supervisors: Professor Madhav Bhatia, Professor Steve Chambers
Topic: Role of H2S and substance P in NF-kB level expression in polymicrobial sepsis

Student: Hadley Northcott
Supervisors: Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Andree Pearson, Professor Margreet Vissers
Topic: Allele-specific expression analysis of BRCA1/2 variants in breast cancer patients

Student: Citra Praditi
Supervisors: Professor Margreet Vissers and Associate Professor Gabriele Dachs
Topic: Vitamin C and Metastasis

Student: Heather Shearer
Supervisors: Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Paul Pace
Topic: Sensitising pathogenic bacteria to neutrophil oxidants

Student: Carlos Smith Diaz
Supervisors: Professor Margreet Vissers, Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Tim Hore
Topic: Effect of nutrition and oxidative stress on epigenetic regulation during cellular differentiation and development

Student: Ping Siu Kee
Supervisors: Professor Martin Kennedy, Dr Simram Maggo
Topic: The application of pharmacogenetics to understanding Adverse Drug Reactions

Student: Cassie Stylianou
Supervisors: Dr Logan Walker, Associate Professor John Pearson, Dr Vanessa Lattimore
Topic: Copy number variants and endometrial cancer risk.

Student: Eveline van Leeuwen
Supervisors: Professor Mark Hampton, Professor Margret Vissers
Topic: Oxidative stress and redox regulation of the cytoskeleton

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

Student: Zhixing Zhu
Supervisors: Professor Madhav Bhatia, Professor Steve Chambers, Professor Xiangdong Wang, Professor Yiming Zeng
Topic: The role of exosome miRNA in acute lung injury

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Department of Population Health

Student: Claire Weinhold
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gillian Abel, Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Topic: Decriminalisation and the management of brothels in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Student: Nicola Williams
Supervisors: Dr Angela Curl, Ms Christina McKerchar, Mr James Berghan
Topic: How will applying a cultural gender lens to Christchurch City’s transport network result in changes that will have significant, positive outcomes

Student: Lev Zhuravsky
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor 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

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Department of Psychological Medicine

Student: Zoe Barczyk
Supervisors: Dr Katie Douglas, Professor Richard Porter, Dr James Foulds
Topic: Cognitive functioning during treatment for severe depression: changes in cognitive functioning and predictors of change

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

Student: Kate Eggleston
Supervisors: Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas, Professor Marie Crowe
Topic: Patient perspectives of cognition and functioning in mood disorders

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

Student: Tara Hayward
Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Adamson, Associate Professor Jenny Jordan, Dr Katie Douglas
Topic: Applicability of cognitive remediation in an opioid substitution treatment population

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

Student: Nathan Monk
Supervisors: Associate Professor Joe Boden, Dr Janet Spittlehouse, Dr Geri McLeod
Topic: Network analysis of mental disorder in the Christchurch Health and Development Study cohort

Student: Donna Ritchie
Supervisors: Professor Marie Crowe and Dr Dave Carlyle
Topic: How men living with disabilities are occupied with constructing and reproducing their own masculinity

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Department of Radiology

Student: Krishna Chapagain
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja
Topic: Application of MARS-CT scanner for differentiation of prostatic carcinoma

Student: Jennifer Clark
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja
Topic: Using MARS-Spectral CT for osteoporosis imaging and fracture risk assessment

Student: Shishir Dahal
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja and Associate Professor Steven Gieseg
Topic: Characterisation of atherosclerotic plaque with MARS spectral scannerreceptors for molecular imaging to differentiate differ

Student: Theo Dapamede
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Neils de Ruiter, Professor Phil Butler, Dr James Atlas, Mahdieh Monghiseh
Topic: Application of MARS Spectral CT in cardiovascular imaging

Student: Aysouda Matanaghi
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Dr Aamir Raja and Dr Benjamin Bamford
Topic: Bone health assessment using MARS spectral computed tomography (title changed 30.8.18)

Student: Jereena Sreedharan Sheeja
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler and Professor Phil Butler
Topic: High Performance MARS Spectral Multi-Energy CT scanner in Clinical Applications

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Department of Surgery

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

Student: Krista Dawson
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jacqui Keenan, Professor Andrew Day
Topic: Investigating the role of mucus in gastrointestinal barrier function

Student: Scott Loeffler
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jacqui Keenan, Associate Professor John Pearson, Professor Frank Frizelle
Topic: Enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis [ETBF] infection in selected NZ sheep flocks - a possible zoonotic reservoir

Student: Jessica Permain
Supervisors: Dr Rachel Purcell, Associate Professor Timothy Eglinton, Dr Barry Hock
Topic: The Microbiome and Colorectal Cancer Development

Student: Isaac Tranter-Entwistle
Supervisors:
Associate Professor Timothy Eglinton, Mr Saxon Connor
Topic:
Proposal for development of automated training tools in laparoscopic surgery

For more information

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