Congratulations to Neil Gemmell and Helen Taylor who have been both awarded funding in two independent projects from the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund. The Fund supports research excellence in science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities from all tertiary/research institutions in New Zealand, and is regarded as the hallmark of excellence for research in New Zealand.

We are delighted that not one but TWO projects have been awarded to the Gemmell Lab! Out of the 117 projects awarded this year, this is a great achievement, and confirmation of the word-class science that is carried out in our Lab!

Neil's project "Parasitic Puppeteers – How do They Pull the Strings?", was awarded $830,000, and explores the mechanisms behind parasites and how they manipulate their animal host's behaviour, to enhance host-to-host transmission. To read more about Neil's project, you can check the Marsden website here.

 Helen's Fast-Start grant for her project "Why do inbred males fire blanks?", was awarded $300,000, and will enable Helen to continue her research on a possible link between male bird infertility and inbreeding in wild populations. To read more about Helen's project, check the Marsden website here.