Dr Renee Robyn Handley

PhD, Biomedical Science

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Research Fellow


I am a molecular biologist with research interests in neurodegenerative and genetic disorders. I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Russell Snell and Dr Suzanne Reid. Currently I am a Leo Nilon Huntington's Disease Research Fellow at the University of Auckland School of Biological Sciences, where I am part of the Applied Translational Genetics Group  and the Centre for Brain Research.  



Research | Current

My research aims to discover the molecular changes that cause cells to become dysfunctional in neurodegenerative and genetic disorders, with the rationale that these can become targets for treatment. My PhD and current research is focused on metabolic aspects of neurodegenerative disease, utilising tissue from patients and sheep models.  

Teaching | Current

BIOSCI759 Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine

Postgraduate supervision

Co-supervisor of PhD and BSc (Hons) students


Leo Nilon Huntington's disease Resarch Fellow (2018)

Areas of expertise

Molecular Biology, Molecular genetics, Neurodegenerative disease, Huntington's disease, animal models

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Centre for Brain Research Early Career Researchers Committee 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)