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My research interests are focussed on genetics and gene variation in an effort to bring the enormous power of genetic analysis to bear on real-world problems. The contrast of the relative simplicity of plasmid and bacterial genomes with the complexity of the genetics of heart disease allows broad scope for new and exciting research projects.
Roles and Responsibilities
Major Leader for Integrated Human Health
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501): Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408): Microbial Ecology (060504): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500): Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)
Molecular Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
214102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals
214201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function
214212 Research Methods in the Health Sciences
214311 Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases
231.733 Big Public Health Issues
168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology
As a supervisor I aim to train research degree candidates to use their innovation, intellect, personality and persistence as strengths to successfully achieve their research journey. I expect students to grow in self-confidence and independence as the gain experience.
In undertaking a research project you often learn as much about yourself as the topic you are researching. I have supervised a number of PhD, Hons and Masters students at three NZ universities. My areas of interest include Molecular Environmental Microbiology, Pseudomonas plasmid biology and Genetic and Plasma Biomarkers of Prognosis in Heart Disease.