Liggins Institute


Degrees and research projects

Our mission is to improve lifelong health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events and our research projects reflect this. Browse the full range of masters and PhD projects currently on offer at the Liggins Institute.

Research themes


The Liggins Institute offers research projects for doctoral, masters and honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas in a wide range of subjects including Biomedical Science, Community Health, Health Science, Māori Health, Medical Science, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pacific Health, Paediatrics and Physiology. Our research opportunities fall into the following key themes:

  • Healthy mothers, healthy babies: the importance of a mother’s environment, diet and lifestyle prior to and during pregnancy for her child’s life-long health.
  • Nutrition for life-long health: from the health of parents at conception, to the impact of diet on muscle health in adulthood.
  • Determinants of a healthy life: a ground-breaking area of science with the potential to understand why and how non-communicable diseases develop.
  • Research to Reality: finding the best ways to translate our research findings into changes in clinical practice.
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Research projects on offer


 Project

Type

Supervisor

The role of pregnancy complications on the developmental programming of cardio-metabolic disease in offspring PhD, MS Professor Mark Vickers
Preserving beta cell mass through branch chain amino acid supplementation PhD, MS Professor Frank Bloomfield
Relating glucose levels in newborn babies to later developmental outcomes PhD, MS Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Quality of New Zealand Clinical Practice Guidelines PhD Dr Julie Anne Brown
Childhood obesity prediction and prevention PhD, MS Professor Wayne Stephen Cutfield
One-carbon metabolism (the homocysteine pathway and folate cycle) and metabolic health in children and adults PhD Professor Martin Kussmann
Genetic architecture of obesity related phenotypes across generations PhD, MS Dr Justin O'Sullivan
The interaction of dietary micronutrients with genetic factors in shaping obesity-related phenotypes in adults and children PhD Dr Justin O'Sullivan
Childhood Outcome After Neonatal Hypoglycaemia PhD Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Childhood outcomes after trials of new treatments before and around the time of birth PhD, MS Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Effect of Early Protein Intake on Later Growth and Development of Children Born Very Preterm PhD Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Prevention and treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia with oral dextrose gel PhD, MS Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Development of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia and given oral dextrose gel: Follow-up at 2 years of age of children in the hPOD randomised controlled trial PhD Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
The hPOD randomised controlled trial: Preventing neonatal hypoglycaemia with oral dextrose gel PhD Distinguished Professor Jane Harding
Micronutrient profiles and metabolic health in children and adults PhD Professor Martin Kussmann
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Meet a student


As a student you'll enjoy all the benefits of studying at New Zealand’s leading university with the added bonus of being part of a world-class research institute. That means state-of-the-art facilities and supervision by internationally recognised and connected academic staff.

PhD student Nina Zeng explains why she is proud to tell her family back in China that she studies at the Liggins Institute.

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