Miss Joni White
BSc(Hons) First Class Honours, Biological Sciences
I completed my Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Biological Sciences in 2018. In 2016 I joined the University of Auckland FoodSafe team as a Research Technician, investigating the use of microfluidics for rapid bacterial detection. Through the University of Auckland Science Scholars Programme, I also took part in a research project with the FoodSafe team using flow cytometry to rapidly enumerate Staphylococcus aureus. These projects led on to my Honours research which utilised fluorescence for a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test. I received the Meat Industry Association Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust Research Scholarship in Health Sciences for my Honours research. I also received the Graeme Lewis Prize in Microbiology for the highest marks in microbiology courses for my Honours year.
I have since begun my PhD studies in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology and have received a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. My PhD project investigates the interaction of host eukaryotic extracellular vesicles with the resident and pathogenic microbiome.
Research | Current
I am interested in how host eukaryotic extracellular vesicles may act to modulate bacteria in the intestine.
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
Graeme Lewis Prize in Microbiology, 2018
Dodd-Walls Centre Student Presentation Prize, 2018
NZFSSRC Three-minute Thesis Competition Prize, 2018
Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust Research Scholarship in Health Sciences, 2018
New Zealand Meat Industry Association Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018
R Morrison Cassie Memorial Prize, 2016
Frances Briggs Memorial Bursary in Plant Sciences, 2016
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Ou, F., McGoverin, C., White, J., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2019). Bead-Based Flow-Cytometric Cell Counting of Live and Dead Bacteria. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1968, 123-134. 10.1007/978-1-4939-9199-0_11
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Cushla McGoverin, Simon Swift