Meet our doctoral candidates

Meet doctoral candidates from across the University and find out what it is like to undertake graduate research at our world-leading institution.

Siobhan presents at HealthX.

Tongan New Zealander Siobhan is undertaking groundbreaking research into non-communicable disease risk in the Cook Islands for her PhD in Health Sciences.

Kimihia te roanga atu | Find out more

Yi-Han discusses his PhD research into traumatic brain injury.

Pānui ināianei | Read now
Teuila in Samoan headdress

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

Kimihia te roanga atu | Find out more
Ellie sits smiling on a couch with a book on her knees.

Ellie is a PhD candidate in Exercise Science researching the impact of exercise on cardiovascular disease in adults.

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Emma Brown in her lab wearing a white lab coat.

For Emma Brown, a career in industry prepared her well for a PhD in Chemicals and Materials Engineering.

Whakaaturia me pēhea | See how
Daniel Lovatt stands smiling against a grey wall.

Doctor of Education graduate Maia works as a lecturer in Te Puna Wānanga The School of Māori and Indigenous Education.

Meet Maia
Avinash wears a long white coat and smiles.

Doctor of Medicine graduate Avinash is the inaugural Global Cancer Disparities Fellow and works as a surgeon in oncology.

Meet Avinash
Sjoerd headshot.

Sjoerd van Ballegooy gained a PhD in Civil Engineering and is now Technical Director at Tonkin + Taylor.

Meet Sjoerd
Nona sitting no the steps of his marae.

Nona's PhD focuses on more efficient collaboration between Māori communities and non-Māori parties to utilise and develop geothermal resources.

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Mina headshot.

Mina is an international doctoral candidate researching how very young children demonstrate agency and competency in decision-making.

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