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Genetic and genomic analysis of diseases and their treatments

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
PhD, Honours
Pathology and Biomedical Science (Christchurch)
Professor Martin Kennedy


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the team at the Gene Structure and Function Laboratory, University of Otago, Christchurch.

The Gene Structure and Function Laboratory offers a range of postgraduate research opportunities in the field of genetic research for students with biology, genetics or computational/statistical backgrounds.

Potential topics include:

  • Pharmacogenomics and genomics
    • Pharmacogenetics of adverse drug reactions
    • Pharmacogenomics of mood disorders
  • Genetics and epigenetics of complex disease
    • Gene x environment interactions in health and development
    • Eating disorders genetics
  • Applications of nanopore DNA sequencing

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

Admission to the PhD programme

Funding Notes

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

If you are a straight ‘A’ student (GPA of 8 – ‘A’ grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master’s degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university, then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Other scholarship opportunities


In the first instance, applicants should contact Professor Martin Kennedy by email to discuss the project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates, including:

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

Further information

The Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science has a number of potential topics and projects on offer in the fields of biomedical science and pathology for a range of postgraduate qualifications, including PhD and BBiomedSc(Hons).

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


Martin Kennedy