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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Health Sciences, Sciences
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Master's, PhD
Pathology and Biomedical Science (Christchurch)
Research Professor Anitra Carr


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Nutrition in Medicine Research Group, University of Otago, Christchurch.

We carry out translational nutrient-based clinical studies with the aim to prevent and treat various acute and chronic illnesses, e.g. infection, cancer, diabetes. We also carry out laboratory-based biomarker studies with the aim to improve understanding of the mechanistic underpinnings to help inform best clinical practice. Overall, our objective is to have a positive impact on patient health outcomes and quality of life.

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

Potential topics include:

  • Infection and immune function
  • Critical illness and septic shock
  • Mood and cognitive health
  • Diabetes and metabolic 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.

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

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In the first instance, applicants should contact Research Professor Anitra Carr 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

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.


Anitra Carr

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