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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: Jen Desrosiers
Supervisors: Professor Tim Wilkinson, Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic: Medical student explicit attitudes and knowledge about gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity throughout advanced learning in medicine

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: 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 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: Professor Tim Wilkinson
Topic: The impacts on medical students' learning

Department of Medicine

Student: Rebecca Abey-Nesbit
Supervisors: Professor Tim Wilkinson, Dr Hamish Jamieson and Professor Philip Schluter
Topic: Assessing Health Outcomes of older people using InterRAU data

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

Student: Mark Holdaway
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Appleby, Asociate 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: Phoebe Heenan
Supervisors: Professor Richard Gearry, Dr Jacqui Keenan, Dr Paula Andrews, Dr Wayne Young and Dr Nicole Roy
Topic: The Association between Diet and Acute Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Student: Tania Huria
Supervisors: Professor Lutz Beckert, Professor Suetonia Palmer and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama
Topic: "Created Equal" : Investigating health system perspectives of disparities in health outcomes for Māori

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: 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: 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

Student: Zoe Ward
Supervisors: Dr Anna Pilbrow, Professor Vicky Cameron, Associate Professor John Pearson and Dr Sebastian Schmeier
Topic: Predicting progression from coronary disease to heart failure

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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: 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, Associate 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 Sharmi Thapaliya
Supervisors: Dr Beverley Burrell, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
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: Selina Fernandez
Supervisors: Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Tim Woodfield
Topic: Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for skeletal regenerative medicine

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: 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

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

Student: Linda Buss
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Associate Professor Margaret Currie, Dr Barry Hock, Professor Bridget Robinson and Dr Abel Ang
Topic: Investigating exercise-mediated changes in the tumour microenvironment of melanoma and lung cancer

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

Student: Dayang Datu Abdul Salam
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor Margreet Vissers, Dr Stephanie Bozonet, Dr Elisabeth Phillips and Dr Juliet Pullar
Topic: The mechanisms of toxicity of ascorbate and its interaction with strandard cancer therapies

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

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

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: Ali Mohammadi
Supervisors: Professor Stephen Chambers, Professor 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: Professor Mark Hampton, Dr Andrea Pearson and Professor Margreet Vissers
Topic: Peroxiredoxins as markers of oxidative stress

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

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

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

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

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: Susan Bidwell
Supervisors: Associate Professor Lee Thompson and Associate Professor Gillian Abel
Topic: Exploring how and why people seek out and use dietary supplements and natural medicines to maintain and improve their health

Student: Toyin Kolawole
Supervisors: Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Topic: Perceptions of HIV Risk and Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black African Women in New Zealand

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

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: Samantha Groves
Supervisors: Professor 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: 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: Sikiru Adebileje
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Professor Phil Butler and Dr Niels de Ruiter
Topic: Spectral reconstruction of MARS data.

Student: Fatemeh Asghariomabad
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Professor Phil Butler 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: 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
Topic: Application of MARS Spectral CT in cardiovascular imaging

Student: Chiara Lowe
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler and Dr Aamir Raja
Topic: Measuring the activity of cancer using targeted nanoparticles and MARS imaging

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

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: Maya Rajeswari Amma
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Butler, Associate Professor Nigel Anderson, Dr Aamir Raja and Dr Ben Bamford
Topic: Study of bone-metal interface in orthopaedic application using spectral CT

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: 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: Will Taylor
Supervisors: Dr Rachel Purcell, Professor Frank Frizelle, Associate Professor John Pearson
Topic: An investigation of prognostic microbial factors involved in colorectal cancer responses to radiotherapy

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