Find a research project

Explore the honours, 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 masters and doctoral level projects on offer.

If you are a current undergraduate student you can browse the Honours projects available at the Liggins Institute here.

Project Type Supervisor
The effect of antenatal corticosteroid therapy and planned caesarean section on maternal and neonatal glucose control PhD Associate Prof Katie Groom
Determinants of NCD risk and mental well-being in Cook Island adolescents PhD Professor Mark Vickers
What role do chiral amino acids play in host-microbiome interactions? MS Dr Chris Pook
Volatile and semivolatile metabolites in the human gut and their role in host-microbiome interactions PhD
Dr Chris Pook
Identifying consumer priorities for health research by asking consumers PhD, MS Dr Nike Franke
Early MRI and Childhood Outcomes PhD Dame Jane Harding
Does exposure to antenatal steroids alter cardiovascular risk in middle age? PhD, MS Dame Jane Harding
What do families want to know about outcomes after trials of new treatments in pregnancy and the newborn? PhD, MS 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
Childhood outcomes after a trial of extra protein for babies born very preterm PhD Dame Jane Harding
Childhood outcomes after dextrose gel for preventing low glucose levels in babies PhD Dame Jane Harding
Education for democratic innovation: Designing learning tools for effective public decision-making
MS Dr Jacquie Bay
Precision genetics to improve Asthma prediction, diagnosis and treatment in children PhD Associate Prof Justin O'Sullivan
Type 1 Diabetes – untangling ethnic differences using a multimorbid co-localisation approach PhD, MS Associate Prof Justin O'Sullivan
Using mixed-omics to understand multimorbidities in polygenic disorders PhD Associate Prof Justin O'Sullivan
Precision Medicine - Interpretation of enhancer mutations driving cancer onset, progression, and treatment PhD/ MS Dr William Schierding
Parenteral nutrition solutions and the incidence of refeeding syndrome in extremely low birthweight babies MS Prof Frank Bloomfield
Achieving consensus on reporting outcomes from nutrition research in babies MS Prof Frank Bloomfield
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
Mid-childhood outcomes after medical
interventions (i.e., dextrose gel for preventing low glucose levels or
extra protein for babies born very preterm)

PhD Dame Jane Harding

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