School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington
The School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, has a diverse research programme and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in biology.
Research and teaching
Research at the School of Biological Sciences includes a broad range of biology topics, including:
- proteomics and genomics
- biochemistry, cell and tissue function
- molecular evolution
- biodiversity, conservation, ecology and restoration
- plant sciences and ecophysiology
- marine biology
- reproductive biology.
The School of Biological Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate programmes include biology, biotechnology, biomedical science, cell and molecular bioscience, ecology and biodiversity, and marine biology.
The School of Biological Sciences collaborates closely with the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Alan Wilson Centre, a Centre of Research Excellence. It also has strong links with the Department of Conservation, Te Papa and the Crown Research Institutes.
A recent project
Researchers in David Ackerley’s lab at the School of Biological Sciences are developing enhanced enzymes using a process called directed evolution. Directed evolution mimics natural evolution, but uses artificial mutation and selection processes to speed up the process.
Get focus story: Evolved enzymes
Evolved enzymes with enhanced functions can be used to help cancer treatment, clean up environmental pollution or accelerate industrial processes.
- 14 February 2009