University of Auckland celebrates $20.6 million in Marsden fund awards

03 November 2016

The University of Auckland is celebrating the success of 38 of its researchers and research groups whose projects have won $20.6 million in the Marsden Fund round, representing the best ever result for the University.

The awards amount to around one third of the total funding this year.

The research supported by the fund will address diverse topics including a novel peptide delivery strategy for the development of vaccines, information on volcanic eruptions held in cave stalagmites and how to learn a second language unconsciously.

“The Marsden Fund supports research which is at the cutting edge of discovery, and these awards reflect the calibre of researchers at the University of Auckland and the excellence and breadth of our research,” says University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon.

“We congratulate our researchers for this recognition of their outstanding work.”

Seventeen research projects from the Faculty of Science received a total of $9.6 million. Among these, Dr Jodie Johnston will carry out research to improve understanding of internal communication within proteins. Professor Neil Broderick will research new optical sensors for geophysical applications.

Grants of $4.2 million were awarded to seven research projects from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, including Professor Larry Chamley whose research will investigate whether fetal DNA might be introduced permanently into maternal cells during pregnancy.

Six projects from the Faculty of Arts were awarded a total of $3.2 million. These include Professor Thegn Ladefoged, who will research ‘The making of Māori society: an archaeological analysis of social networks and geo-political interaction’.

Grants worth a total of $1.7 million were awarded to four projects from the Faculty of Engineering, including for Dean of Engineering, Professor Nic Smith, for research into how coronary blood flow survives the heartbeat.

Two research projects from the Business School received a total of $1.4 million, including Dr Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy for the research ‘New Methods of Panel Data Forecasting Applied to New Zealand’s Property Market’.

Dr Arie Rosen from the Auckland Law School was awarded $300,000 to research ‘A Law Beyond Democracy: The Insulation of Private Law from Democratic Change’ and Dr Melinda Webber from the Faculty of Education and Social Work received $300,000 to research ‘A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru – Ngāpuhi distinctiveness’.

Applications to the Marsden Fund are highly competitive. This year the fund distributed $65 million to 117 research projects around the country.

 

Successful projects from the University of Auckland

  • Research Fellow, Dr Jonathan Astin
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
    Stop or go? Unravelling the mechanisms behind lymphatic vessel patterning
    $820,000
  • Professor Joel Baker
    Faculty of Science        
    Opening Nature's vaults: speleothem archives of volcanic eruptions
    $870,000
  • Dr Thomas Baker
    Faculty of Science
    Welfare capital and the new welfare state: A comparative study of privately financed welfare services in the Anglophone world

    $300,000
  • Research Fellow, Dr Simon Barker
    Faculty of Science
    Melt inclusions as a 'window' through the crust: What drives the most productive region of silicic volcanism on Earth?
    $300,000 
  • Professor Neil Broderick
    Faculty of Science
    New Optical Sensors for Geophysical Applications      
    $830,000 
  • Professor Larry Chamley
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
    Mum, you are what your babies make you!
    $800,000 
  • Dr Juliette Cheyne
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
    Measuring in vivo activity in the prefrontal cortex and its link to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    $300,000
  • Distinguished Professor Marston Conder
    Faculty of Science        
    Symmetry, group structure, algorithms and representations
    $500,000 
  • Professor Paul Donaldson        
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
    Spectacles in a bottle: Pharmacological regulation of the physiological optics of the ocular lens    
    $810,000 
  • Professor Alexei Drummond     
    Faculty of Science
    Genomes, phenotypes and fossils: integrative models of species evolution
    $830,000 
  • Professor Steven Galbraith      
    Faculty of Science        
    Advanced mathematical and cryptographical tools for software protection
    $590,000 
  • Dr Anne Gaskett 
    Faculty of Science        
    Why don't orchid pollinators go extinct? A new mechanism for the maintenance of coevolutionary relationships
    $300,000 
  • Professor Ashwin Gover
    Faculty of Science        
    Geometric structures critical for analysis and physical theories
    $525,000 
  • Dr Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy
    Business School  
    New Methods of Panel Data Forecasting Applied to New Zealand’s Property Market
    $705,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Miika Hannula
    Faculty of Science        
    Dependence Logic and Its Applications
    $300,000 
  • Professor Deborah Hay  
    Faculty of Science        
    Making receptors fly: using mass spectrometry to reveal mechanisms of G protein-coupled receptor function
    $810,000 
  • Dr Phyllis Herda  
    Faculty of Arts   
    Ancient Futures: Late 18th and early 19th century Tongan arts and their legacies
    $530,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Saifang Huang
    Faculty of Engineering   
    Yellow-Emitting Phosphors for Blue-Light-Pumped White Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
    $300,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Jodie Johnston     
    Faculty of Science        
    Understanding internal communication within proteins
    $870,000 
  • Professor Thegn Ladefoged
    Faculty of Arts   
    The making of Māori society: an archaeological analysis of social networks and geo-political interaction
    $705,000 
  • Associate Professor Tony Lambert
    Faculty of Science        
    Sight unseen: penetrating the enigma of unconscious vision
    $675,000 
  • Dr Erin Leitao     
    Faculty of Science        
    Semiconductor Catenation using Catalysis
    $300,000 
  • Dr Shaofeng Li
    Faculty of Arts   
    Implicit Language Aptitude: How to Learn a Second Language Unconsciously
    $300,000 
  • Dr Steffen Lippert        
    Business School  
    Beyond the Jury Paradox: Collective Decision-Making without Common Priors
    $705,000 
  • Dr Julie MacArthur        
    Faculty of Arts   
    Power to the People? Investigating the politics and resilience of community energy initiatives in New Zealand, the UK and Denmark
    $300,000 
  • Dr Jenny Malmstrom
    Faculty of Engineering   
    Nano-vessels for signals to cells - when and where they are needed
    $300,000 
  • Associate Professor Steve Matthewman
    Faculty of Arts   
    Power Politics: Electricity and Sustainability in Post-Disaster Ōtautahi (Christchurch)
    $630,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Troy Merry
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences 
    The mechanics of mitochondrial derived peptides (MDP) regulation
    $300,000 
  • Professor Hinke Osinga  
    Faculty of Science        
    Understanding the geometry of dynamics: invariant manifolds and their interactions
    $590,000 
  • Associate Professor Thomas Proft       
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences 
    PilVax - a novel peptide delivery strategy for the development of vaccines
    $825,000 
  • Dr Andrea Raith
    Faculty of Engineering   
    Novel Decomposition Techniques for Multiobjective Optimisation
    $300,000 
  • Dr Arie Rosen     
    Auckland Law School     
    A Law Beyond Democracy: The Insulation of Private Law from Democratic Change
    $300,000 
  • Dr Kevin Simon
    Faculty of Science    
    Does rapid evolutionary adaptation to temperature heat up the role of consumer body size in ecosystems?
    $675,000 
  • Dean of Engineering, Professor Nic Smith      
    Faculty of Engineering   
    Coronary blood flow survives the heartbeat: How?
    $830,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Christopher Walker        
    Faculty of Science        
    Naturally biased? Exploring neuropeptide signal pathway bias in neurons
    $300,000 
  • Dr Robert Webb  
    Faculty of Arts   
    Māori, Pasifika Youth and Justice: International Comparisons
    $695,000 
  • Dr Melinda Webber
    Faculty of Education and Social Work   
    A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru – Ngāpuhi distinctiveness
    $300,000 
  • Research Fellow, Dr Jie Zhang
    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences 
    Determining the potential of the corneal Transition Zone as corneal endothelial transplants
    $300,000 

 

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