Meet our doctoral candidates

Yi-Han Wu stands in a lab and smiles to camera.

3MT® winner Yi-Han’s PhD research aims to make a difference to anyone suffering from traumatic brain injury.

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Elena Pesina stands smiling in a smart room in front of a window and plants.

Elena’s drive to make positive change led to her research on aid partnerships for her PhD in Law.

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Teck wearing a lap coat and goggles standing in front of complicated equipment.

Teck is researching anaesthetics adsorption for his PhD in Chemicals and Materials Engineering.

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Jean Allen leans, smiling, against a colourfully-graffitied wall.

Jean's doctoral research focuses on centring youth voices in the South Auckland community she loves.

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Ghazaleh's close-up.

Iranian-Kiwi Ghazaleh's experiences of being an immigrant child in 80s New Zealand have shaped her PhD by creative practice in Media, Film and Television.

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Tayaza Fadason is studying for a PhD in Biomedical Sciences as part of the High Value Nutrition project.

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Teuila Hughes is researching Samoan dance practices as part of her PhD in Dance.

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Kieran Brennan sitting on a bench, smiling.

Kieran Brennan is researching needle-free injection as part of his PhD in Bioengineering

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Emma Brown in her lab wearing a white lab coat.

Emma's career in industry prepared her well for a PhD in Chemicals and Materials Engineering.

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Hui Yu is a Chinese Scholarship Council awardee working towards a PhD in History.

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Jamie-Lee is researching Māori healthcare experiences as part of her PhD in Surgery.

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Daniel left a career in engineering to pursue his passion via a PhD in Education.

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Bridget is a part-time candidate studying innovation in universities as part of her PhD in Management.

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Liza is researching Aoteroa's mortality inequality as part of her PhD in Statistics

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Renoh smiling to camera.

Read about some of our international PhD candidates from India, China, Colombia and Mexico.

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