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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Academic background
Health Sciences, Sciences
Host campus
Medicine (Christchurch); Paediatrics (Christchurch); Pathology and Biomedical Science (Christchurch)
Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Andrew Day, Professor Catherine Stedman, Dr Simone Bayer, Dr Catherine Wall, Professor Mark Hampton, Professor Tony Kettle


PhD candidates are being recruited to join any of the Christchurch Departments to undertake research in the field of gastroenterology as part of the Gastrointestinal Unit for Translational Studies Group, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Gastrointestinal Unit for Translational Studies (GUTS) brings an interdisciplinary approach to improving digestive health by incorporating the strengths of many diverse scientific perspectives and methods including diet and nutrition, understanding bacterial action, underlying biology, inflammation, and infection.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topic:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • in adults
  • in children
  • Pharmacogenetics in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Autoimmune liver disease and Hepatology
  • Coeliac disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nutrition and gut health

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago.

PhD programme entry requirements

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Other scholarship opportunities


In the first instance, applicants should contact the Departments and/or Supervisors by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a pdf copy of your research thesis

Further information

Each of the Departments in Christchurch have a number of potential topics and projects on offer for a range of postgraduate qualifications, including PhD and Master's degrees.

We welcome enquiries and encourage all prospective students to directly contact potential supervisors in their field of interest.


Medicine Department UOC

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