Meet the Researchers
SfTI is a community of around 300 New Zealand researchers developing world-leading science relevant to New Zealand. Keep checking out this page for profiles on our researchers and their projects.
New Zealand is small, but we control an enormous stretch of ocean that’s around 15 times bigger – more than 4 million square kilometres.
How can we keep eyes on all that water?
In New Zealand children with cerebral palsy are not physically assessed until age six, in part because they need to be able to keep very still while 40 markers are exactingly fitted to their legs, and then be able to follow precise instructions about where and how to move in a purpose-built facility.
SfTI’s Julie Choisne is working on an alternative system that’s quick, mobile, inexpensive, and easy to fit to a child of any age.
Making technology that works for its intended community can be challenging.
SfTI Seed researcher Dr Harvey Ho hopes an online 3D computer model of a baby inside the womb can help encourage expectant mums to stop smoking.
The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil have made it a global $450 million-dollar industry driven by high amounts of omega-3s, but the herrings, sardines, mackerel, salmon and tuna don’t make the omega-3s themselves.
They eat them – mostly in the form of algae and plankton.
If you take an artery from any animal at the freezing works and remove the blood, muscle and other tissues, you’ll be left with collagen. And that collagen is chemically the same as what’s found in your own bones, muscles, skin and tendons – it’s the most abundant protein you have.
A field of poppies in full blossom would look very different if you were colour blind – and being unable to detect red from green could also affect your career opportunities.