Miss Brooke Carol Wilson

MSc in Biological Sciences (First Class Honours)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Currently a doctoral candidate at the Liggins Institute undertaking research into the human gut microbiome. Before returning to New Zealand to undertake my doctoral studies I worked for several years as a research assistant in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at King's College London (Guy's Hospital Campus). During my time there I was involved in using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to investigate the function of an essential transcription factor. Prior to moving overseas, I had completed two undergraduate work placements and my MSc research at AgResearch, specifically focused on reproductive technologies and embryonic stem cell research.

Research | Current

PhD topic: Alteration of the Gut Microbiome through Microbiota Transplantation


This research looks at two microbiota transplantation approaches:

  • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) involving the transfer of a healthy individual's stool to an indivudal with gut dysbiosis. FMT is currently being trialed as a treatment for gut dysbiosis associated conditions such as IBD and obesity.
  • Vaginal Microbiota Transplantation (VMT), also known as vaginal seeding, which is aimed at exposing caesarean section delivered babies to their mother's vaginal microbiota immediately after birth - a step that may well be required for appropriate development of the baby's immune system


Main Supervisor: A/Prof. Justin O'Sullivan

Co-Supervisors: Prof. Wayne Cutfield & Dr. Tommi Vatanen

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand