School of Medical Sciences


Research in the Department of Physiology

Physiology is a research-based science which "depends on the acquisition of knowledge by observation and controlled, properly designed experiments, and the subsequent valid interpretation of experimental observations." Opportunities for undertaking research in physiology are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The wide range of research carried out in the Department of Physiology is internationally recognised. We employ state of the art methods and staff are regularly invited to international symposia to present their research work to expert audiences. Teaching benefits from up to date teaching and through the enthusiasm of staff for their subjects.

All research in the Department of Physiology is directed towards understanding fundamental mechanisms directly relevant to human and animal medicine. All student research is directed towards current problems and is expected to contribute to publications in international journals of the highest qualilty.

Physiology Department research work is:


  • well funded by outside bodies such as the Health Research Council, Neurological Foundation, National Heart Foundation, New Zealand Lottery Grant Board, Marsden Fund and Deafness Research Foundation
  • usually a team effort involving people working together in research groups in the division
  • reported regularly at national and international conferences
  • published regularly in top quality, international, refereed journals.

Specific research areas


The Department of Physiology has an international reputation in a number of selected research areas. Several groups have developed revolutionary techniques that have had a major impact in their research areas. The division also receives excellent research funding from most of the granting bodies in New Zealand. Most of the research is a team effort involving people working together in research groups. These groups may also include members from other departments within the School of Medical Sciences, within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and within the greater University.

Find out about our Research funding

Find out about our Research groups

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