Postgraduate study at the Reseach Farm Laboratory

With the University of Auckland ranked number one in the global University Impact Rankings, there’s never been a better time to pursue postgraduate study at the Research Farm Laboratory right here in Aotearoa.


Some of our researchers are based at the University of Auckland's Research Farm Laboratory just outside of Rotorua. Run by the Liggins Institute, supervisors and postgraduate students work alongside collaborators from the University of Auckland’s departments of Orthopaedics, Physiology and Pharmacy, as well as Auckland Bioengineering Institute, and Massey University for animal health, behaviour and welfare studies.

As a postgraduate student, you can undertake early stage research at the Research Farm Laboratory before moving to laboratory work at the Auckland campus. Biomedical research to date at this site has involved maternal nutrition, premature birth and fetal growth restriction, as well as consequences, treatments and management. Other areas have involved drug delivery and repair strategies for bone, tendon and ligament damage.


  • Dr Mark Oliver (large animal (ruminant) biology; biomedical paradigms, animal health, pregnancy, growth, nutrition and metabolism. Techonology development)
  • Dr Anne Jaquiery (maternal nutrition, intrauterine growth restriction, prematurity; prevention of child obesity through multisctorial approach)


Projects available

Masters and doctoral projects are available to explore the following questions:

  •  Development of maternal blood markers of fetal growth restriction (FGR)

You can get a scholarship to assist with your study. See what’s on offer for Liggins Institute students.

How to apply

Contact Dr Mark Oliver to find out more about the projects on offer or to apply.

Mechanisms & Physiology research group. Dr Mark Oliver pictured first left; Dr Anne Jaquiery third from left.