Dr Mark Hope Oliver

PhD, MSc (Hons), BSc

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Senior Research Fellow


Masters in ruminant Physiology (University of Waikato). PhD in fetal growth physiology at the University of Auckland. Mark's current biomedical focus is on the consequences of premature birth and fetal growth restriction (FGR) for postnatal physiology, growth and health of the offspring. Related research includes developing treatments for FGR during pregnancy.

He is also developing new collaborations with researchers in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Mark had on site responsibility for the establishment, development and management of the Research Farm Laboratory situated near Reporoa, South Waikato. He is working on increasing the range of research activities at the site for the University of Auckland, national and international collaborators, including commercial research provision and consultation.

Mark was a former double-term member of The University of Auckland Animal Ethics Committee and currently serves on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee (Ministry of Primary Industries).

Affiliations and collaborations:

  • Collaborations with research groups at AgResearch and Massey University
  • Collaborations within University of Auckland include ABI, Dept Medicine and Surgery.
  • Commercial research provision and consultancy activities for Mark Oliver managed by UniServices Ltd

Personal quote:

“In my research I always look for synergies between biomedical, production and animal health and welfare. I am uniquely qualified to work between these research platforms and am always keen to form new collaborations.”


Research | Current

  • Maternal environment and its effect on postnatal disease in the offspring
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Health, welfare and nutrition during pregnancy (sheep and cattle)
  • Prematurity
  • Specialised nutrition for pregnant and young, growing ruminants

Research theme:

Major research funding:

  • Associate Investigator on HRC Programme Grant
  • UniServices Ltd commercial project grants (2 active)
  • Uniservices Ltd commercial consultancy (1 active)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
New Zealand

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