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Gastroenterology: Hepatology and Nutrition

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Medicine (Christchurch)
Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Andrew Day, Associate Professor Catherine Stedman


PhD candidates are being recruited to join 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
  • Pharmacogenetics in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nutrition and gut health
  • Nutrition
  • Hepatology

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

Other scholarship opportunities


In the first instance, applicants should contact Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Andrew Day or Associate Professor Catherine Stedman 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 Medicine has 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.


Richard Gearry