Miss Joni White

BSc(Hons) First Class Honours, Biological Sciences

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


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)

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand