Find a research project

Explore the current list of masters and doctoral research projects on offer and their supervisors.

Current research projects

Research projects related to perinatal science are available at honours, masters and doctoral level across all four of the Liggins Institute’s major research themes. Browse the table below to view all current projects on offer.

Project Type Supervisor
Economic evaluation of antenatal corticosteroid
therapy prior to planned caesarean section at late preterm and term
gestational ages
PhD Associate Prof Katie Groom
The effect of antenatal corticosteroid therapy and planned caesarean section on maternal and neonatal glucose control PhD Associate Prof Katie Groom
Identifying consumer priorities for health research by asking consumers PhD, MS Dr Nike Franke
Early MRI and Childhood Outcomes PhD Dame Jane Harding
Physical activity in New Zealand children with disabilities PhD/MSc Dr Silmara Gusso
Type 1 Diabetes – untangling ethnic differences using a multimorbid co-localisation approach PhD Associate Prof Justin O'Sullivan
Precision genetics to improve Asthma prediction, diagnosis and treatment in children PhD Associate Prof Justin O'Sullivan
'Physi-ome’ assessment of differences in digestion of food structures PhD, MS Dr Amber Milan
Cost consequences of different diagnostic strategies and different treatment targets for women with gestational diabetes PhD, MS Professor Caroline Crowther
Do tighter glycaemic targets for managing gestational diabetes improve long-term outcomes for children? A data linkage study PhD, MS Professor Caroline Crowther
Do tighter glycaemic targets for managing gestational diabetes improve long-term outcomes for mothers? A data linkage study PhD, MS Professor Caroline Crowther
What role do chiral amino acids play in host-microbiome interactions? MS Dr Chris Pook
Childhood outcomes afer dextrose gel for preventing low glucose levels in babies PhD Dame Jane Harding
Childhood outcomes after a trial of extra protein for babies born very preterm PhD Dame Jane Harding
Adult outcomes after repeat doses of antenatal steroids from nationally collected data PhD Dame Jane Harding
Do lower thresholds for diagnosis of gestational diabetes have later benefits for mothers and babies? PhD Dame Jane Harding
Does exposure to antenatal steroids alter cardiovascular risk in middle age? PhD, MSc Dame Jane Harding
What do families want to know about outcomes after trials of new treatments in pregnancy and the newborn? PhD, MSc Dame Jane Harding
Relating glucose levels in newborn babies to later developmental outcomes PhD, MSc Dame Jane Harding

If you're not sure which project suits you, you can also contact the Liggins Institute Academic Director at liggins_phd@auckland.ac.nz who will help you find a supervisor and guide you through the application process.