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Postgraduate research opportunities in the Division of Health Sciences

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Sexual behaviour in rodents

Supervisor
Dr Erik Wibowo
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Enhancing mechanical testing concepts of human tissues for better helmets, airbags and tissue grafts in the future

Close date
Monday, 4 January 2021
Supervisor
Dr Johann Zwirner
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Private choices, public costs: A follow-up study

Supervisor
Dr Trudy Sullivan and Dr Erin Penno
Level
Master’s

Roles of p53 isoforms in cancer cell reprogramming and drug resistance

Close date
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Marina Kazantseva, Dr Tania Slatter
Levels
Honours, Master’s


Vasopressin in hypertension

Supervisors
Professor Colin Brown, Dr Martin Fronius
Levels
Master’s, PhD


Neuroendocrine pathology in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Supervisor
Associate Professor Rebecca Campbell
Levels
Master’s, PhD


Novel approaches for treating cardiovascular disease

Supervisor
Dr Jeff Erickson
Levels
Master’s, PhD

ENaC in the vasculature and its role in hypertension

Supervisor
Dr Martin Fronius
Levels
Master’s, PhD

The role of recycling complexes in trafficking of ion channels in polarised epithelia

Supervisors
Associate Professor Kirk Hamilton, Professor Fiona McDonald
Levels
Master’s, PhD

ENaC’s contribution in COVID-19

Supervisor
Dr Martin Fronius
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Control of stress circuit excitability

Supervisor
Dr Karl Iremonger
Levels
Master’s, PhD

How do drugs used to treat mood disorders affect brain networks?

Supervisor
Dr Phil Heyward
Levels
Master’s, PhD

The fat surrounding the human heart in obesity and arrhythmias

Supervisor
Associate Professor Regis Lamberts
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Central regulation of the diabetic heart

Supervisors
Associate Professor Regis Lamberts, Professor Colin Brown, Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Loss of irreplaceable cells as a driver for cardiac dysfunction in old age?

Supervisors
Associate Professor Regis Lamberts, Associate Professor Phil Sheard
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Epithelial sodium channel as a target in breast cancer

Supervisor
Professor Fiona McDonald
Levels
Master’s, PhD

The role of ultrastructural changes in cardiac dysfunction

Supervisor
Dr Michelle Munro
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Neuroendocrine control of obesity and diabetes

Supervisor
Associate Professor Alexander Tups
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Regulation of Ubiquitin chain assembly

Supervisor
Professor Catherine Day
Level
PhD

Exploring a novel preventative therapy to reduce breast and ovarian cancer risk in high-risk individuals

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Vanessa Lattimore, Associate Professor Logan Walker
Level
Honours

Genetic variation and endometrial cancer risk

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Associate Professor Logan Walker, Mr George Wiggins
Level
Honours

Molecular mechanisms of colorectal cancer

Supervisor
Dr Rachel Purcell
Level
PhD

Biomarkers of response to radiotherapy in rectal cancer

Supervisor
Dr Rachel Purcell
Level
PhD


The microbiome and diverticular disease

Supervisor
Dr Rachel Purcell
Level
PhD

The microbiome in colorectal cancer metastasis

Supervisor
Dr Rachel Purcell
Level
PhD

Epidemiological studies of colorectal cancer in New Zealand

Supervisor
Professor Frank Frizelle
Level
PhD

Outcomes of Colorectal cancer in New Zealand

Supervisor
Professor Frank Frizelle
Level
PhD


Epidemiological and outcome study of anal cancer

Supervisor
Professor Frank Frizelle
Level
PhD

Host iron status and gastrointestinal disease

Supervisor
Dr Jacqui Keenan
Level
PhD

Biomarkers and gastrointestinal disease

Supervisor
Dr Jacqui Keenan
Level
PhD

Early onset colorectal cancer

Supervisor
Dr Jacqui Keenan
Level
PhD

Gut bacteria and colorectal cancer

Supervisor
Dr Jacqui Keenan
Level
PhD

Diverticular disease

Supervisor
Associate Professor Tim Eglinton
Level
PhD

Genetics of colorectal cancer

Supervisor
Associate Professor Tim Eglinton
Level
PhD

Surgical management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Supervisor
Associate Professor Tim Eglinton
Level
PhD



Investigation of a Wnt/cohesin cause for AML

Supervisors
Professor Julia Horsfield, Dr Jisha Antony
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Reversal of enhancer dysregulation to combat cohesin-mutant leukemia

Supervisors
Dr Jisha Antony, Professor Julia Horsfield
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Redox Regulation of Signal Transduction

Supervisor
Associate Professor Elizabeth Ledgerwood
Level
PhD

Mental health services: experiences and outcomes

Supervisors
Professor Sarah Derrett, Associate Professor Emma Wyeth
Level
Master’s

Post-injury Health, Disability and Well-being Outcomes: Multiple projects available

Supervisors
Professor Sarah Derrett, Associate Professor Emma Wyeth, Dr Helen Harcombe
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Exploring emerging roles of p53 isoforms in epigenetic dysregulation in cancer

Close date
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Supervisors
Dr Marina Kazantseva, Dr Tania Slatter
Levels
Honours, Master’s

The role of extracellular vesicles in immune regulation by cancer-causing human papillomaviruses

Supervisor
Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

3D-biofabrication of zonal cartilage

Supervisors
Dr Gabriella Lindberg, Professor Tim Woodfield
Level
PhD

Controlling the microRNAs that contribute to adipocyte-driven progression in breast cancer cells

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Dr Anna Pilbrow, Associate Professor Margaret Currie
Level
Honours

Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal Disease

Supervisor
Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes
Level
PhD

The historical role of parks in representing colonial Aotearoa

Supervisor
Dr Robin Quigg
Level
Master’s

PhD and master’s in self-management support

Close date
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Supervisors
Professor Pauline Norris, Professor Leigh Hale, Associate Professor Chrys Jaye, Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

How tumour resistance is driven after administration of adoptive T-cell therapies in solid cancers

Close date
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Supervisors
Dr Kunyu Li, Professor Antony Braithwaite
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

How does the Δ133p53 isoform promote bowel inflammation?

Close date
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Supervisors
Dr Kunyu Li, Professor Antony Braithwaite
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s


Footwear, foot function, falls risk, and ageing

Supervisors
Dr Xaviour Walker, Professor Debra Waters, Dr Chris Sole
Levels
PhD, Postdoctoral

Patient education and self-management for patients with persistent rotator cuff related shoulder pain

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Predictors for confidence and self-efficacy following ACL reconstruction

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Levels
PhD, Postdoctoral

Sleep patterns and children’s oral health

Supervisors
Associate Professor Barbara Galland, Associate Professor Ben Wheeler, Dr Manikandan Ekambaram (Mani)
Level
PhD


RNA biology, genome variation, and bioinformatics

Supervisor
Associate Professor Paul Gardner
Level
PhD

Characterising the role of peroxidasin in breast cancer

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Dr Martina Paumann-Page
Level
Honours

Amyloids of p16 in cancer

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Dr Christoph Goebl
Level
Honours

Health and disability discordance

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Respiratory service provision for people with Neuromuscular disease

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Parks for Activity and Recreation in the Community (PARCs)

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Implementing STarT Back in New Zealand for people with low back pain

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Dose of manual therapy for people with knee osteoarthritis

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Complex (combined) interventions for the management of people with osteoarthritis

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Kaupapa Māori or Māori-centred suicide research

Close date
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Supervisors
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Sarah McKenzie
Level
Master’s

Genome sequencing and human susceptibility to Legionella longbeachae infection

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Professor Martin Kennedy, Dr Sandy Slow, Associate Professor John Pearson
Level
Honours

Isolating and identifying amoebal species in pine tree bark for Legionella longbeachae co-culture: Implications for preventing Legionnaires’ disease

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Sandy Slow, Professor Steve Chambers, Professor David Murdoch
Level
Honours

Can we improve sepsis diagnosis and mortality prediction of critically ill patients in intensive care?

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Associate Professor Anitra Carr
Level
Honours

The role of circulating bacteria in cardiovascular disease

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Sarah Appleby, Dr Rachel Purcell, Associate Professor John Pearson, Professor Chris Pemberton
Level
Honours

Structural biology of signal transduction

Supervisor
Associate Professor Peter Mace
Level
PhD


Smoking and occupation in Aotearoa: A census-based analysis

Supervisors
Professor Richard Edwards, Associate Professor James Stanley
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Ethics and social license of antimicrobials developed for animal-only use

Supervisors
Dr Mike King, Associate Professor Lynley Anderson
Level
PhD

Humanities and arts in health

Supervisor
Dr Katherine Hall
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Small beginnings, significant outcomes: A new life-course approach to understanding the impacts of social inequality on human health in ancient China

Supervisors
Associate Professor Sian Halcrow, Dr Melanie Miller, Professor Kate Pechenkina, Associate Professor Dong Yu
Levels
Honours, PhD, Postdoctoral

Research in Pharmacy Practice

Supervisor
Dr Mudassir Anwar
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, PhD

Ethical dimensions of public health and health policy; global health justice

Supervisor
Elizabeth Fenton
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Clinical research in concussion recovery

Supervisor
Dr Ewan Kennedy
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Principlism and medical ethics

Supervisors
Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes, Professor John McMillan, Professor Sharon Lawn
Level
PhD

Social and distributional impacts of transport

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Socio-spatial equity and shared micromobility

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Transport accessibility and relation to health and social outcomes

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Older adults experiences of the pedestrian environment

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Transport and ageing

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

The NEEDN’T Food Study

Supervisor
Associate Professor Simon Adamson
Level
PhD

Mental health nursing

Supervisor
Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Improving functioning in mood disorders – includes psychotherapy, neurocognitive interventions, and family interventions in mood disorders

Supervisors
Professor Richard Porter, Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Katie Douglas, Dr Maree Inder, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

The experience of and recovery from psychiatric disorders

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Psychological consequences of psychiatric disorders

Supervisors
Dr Caroline Bell, Professor Richard Porter
Level
PhD

Molecular mechanisms of developmental disorders

Supervisor
Dr Louise Bicknell
Level
PhD

Transport and Health: Multiple projects available

Supervisor
Dr Rebecca McLean
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Philosophy of psychiatry, mental health, gender, ethics and sport

Supervisor
Dr Taryn Knox
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Are residential aged care facilities required to offer cardiac resuscitation (CPR) to their residents?

Supervisors
Dr Janine Penfield Winters, M.D.
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s

Exploring the role of vitamin C in cancer

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Associate Professor Gabi Dachs, Professor Margreet Vissers
Level
Honours

Making it work – understanding and assessing residential rehabilitation in the Salvation Army context

Supervisors
Dr Elliot Bell, Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes
Level
PhD




Living well with patellofemoral pain

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Level
PhD

Analysis of cancer genome atlas data to identify epigenetic signature of tumour metastasis

Supervisors
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee,
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Investigation of genetic and epigenetic signatures of primary and metastatic cancer (melanoma and colorectal cancer)

Supervisors
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee, Dr Euan Rodger
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Mobile apps in healthcare

Supervisor
Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Level
PhD

Technology adoption in medical education

Supervisor
Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Level
PhD

Medical Education: Translating theory to practice

Supervisors
Associate Professor Diane Kenwright, Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Towards a new penicillin for rheumatic fever prevention

Supervisor
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Level
Master’s

Implementation of genomic medicine in Aotearoa

Supervisor
Dr Sara Filoche
Level
PhD

The applicability of ctDNA for early cancer detection

Supervisor
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Level
Master’s

Studies in suicide

Close date
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Supervisors
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Sarah McKenzie
Level
PhD

The role of inflammation shaping the response to acute myocardial infarction

Supervisors
Associate Professor Peter Larsen, Dr Ana Holley
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Molecular biomarkers in colorectal cancer

Supervisors
Dr Kirsty Danielson, Associate Professor Elizabeth Dennett
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Intellectual or learning disability

Supervisors
Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Two PhD positions in Protein Biochemistry

Supervisor
Professor Catherine Day
Level
PhD

Endometrial cancer: projects available in genomic, cell biology, clinical and public health areas

Supervisors
Dr Claire Henry, Professor Alec Ekeroma
Levels
PhD, Master’s, Honours

Psychotherapy for mood disorders

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Jenny Jordan, Dr Maree Inder, Associate Professor Sue Luty
Level
PhD

Psychological adaptation to medical illness

Supervisor
Professor Lois Surgenor
Level
PhD

Personality disorders and treatment

Supervisors
Professor Roger Mulder, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Māori mental health

Supervisor
Dr Cameron Lacey
Level
PhD

Obesity

Supervisors
Associate Professor Lois Surgenor, Dr Jenny Jordan
Level
PhD

Eating disorders

Supervisors
Associate Professor Lois Surgenor, Dr Jenny Jordan
Level
PhD

Neurocognitive interventions

Supervisors
Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas
Level
PhD

Anxiety disorders and treatment

Supervisor
Associate Professor Caroline Bell
Level
PhD

Addiction and co-existing disorders

Supervisors
Associate Professor Simon Adamson, Dr James Foulds, Professor Doug Sellman
Level
PhD

Qualitative methods

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Tobacco control and vaping

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Pleasure and health

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Critical approaches to public health and health promotion

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Health professionals and interprofessional boundaries

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Nursing practice

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Beverley Burrell, Dr Virginia Jones, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Health professional education

Supervisors
Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Jenny Conder
Level
PhD

Health services delivery

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Health leadership

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
Level
PhD

Mental health

Supervisor
Professor Marie Crowe
Level
PhD

Family-centred care

Supervisors
Dr Virginia Jones, Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Women’s health

Supervisor
Dr Beverley Burrell
Level
PhD

Management of long-term conditions

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Dr Virginia Jones, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Parkinson’s and related disorders

Supervisors
Professor Tim Anderson (clinical neurology), Dr Michael MacASkill (movement), Dr Tracy Melzer (brain imaging), Dr Toni Pitcher (PD imaging and epidemiology)
Level
PhD

Public perceptions of genomic medicine

Supervisor
Dr Sara Filoche
Level
PhD

Cancer cell invasion: Defining mechanisms underpinning deregulation of the Fn14 signalling axis

Close date
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Supervisor
Dr Heather Cunliffe
Level
PhD

Christchurch Heart Institute clinical research

Supervisors
Professor Mark Richards, Professor Richard Troughton
Level
PhD