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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:

  • biotechnology
  • proteomics and genomics
  • microbiology
  • biochemistry, cell and tissue function
  • neuroscience
  • 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.

School of Biological Sciences.
Web Address:
School of Biological Sciences
PO Box 600
New Zealand+64 4 463 5331
Phone: +64 4 463 5339
Fax: +64 4 463 5331
Email: biosci@vuw.ac.nz
Research and education.


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