Dr Linda Peters

Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Victoria PhD Waikato

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About Linda

I have lectured primarily in the area of molecular biology and genetics since joining the Department of Biological Sciences in 2011. In addition, I present guest lectures in physiology (BIOL235) and Bioinformatics (COMP555). 

I have established an active student research laboratory with a range of topics and really enjoy helping the postgrads engage and develop as scientists.  

I"m also the Postgraduate Cellular and Molecular Biology Co-ordinator. I am available to provide programme advice for those students entering the Postgraduate Diploma, BSc(Hons), MSc or PhD pathway.

Research Interests

My research focus is Human Molecular Genetics. This involves identifying genetic changes that contribute to hereditary disorders common in New Zealand and will provide further insight into the molecular and cellular mechanisms that cause these observable phenotypic changes (ie, characteristic changes).

This research will involve using a variety of bioinformatic, genetic, cell and molecular biology techniques. All research students acquire basic research skills and a knowledge of techniques, as well as training in specialist disciplines.

I have research collaborations with AgResearch and Waikato Hospital.

Research Supervised


  • Forrester-Gauntlett, Blaise (in progress). Using Pluripotent stem cells for determining the cellular basis of hearing loss.


  • Ketel, Julian (2016). The biocidal activity of Manuka Cyclopower against strains of methicillin-resistant and sensitive Staphylococcus aureus in the anterior nostrils.

MSc (Research)

  • Gill, Sian (in progress).
  • Isgrove, Kiriana (in progress).
  • Rohleder, McKenzie (in progress).
  • Ko, Yi-An Annie (2016). Differential effects of organic vs inorganic selenium species on BRCA1-mutated and non-mutated breast cancer cell lines.
  • Stayte, Liam (2016). General anaesthetic modulation of gene expression in the mouse brain.
  • Wightman, Patrick (in progress). Investigation into the role of a rare germline CDKN1B variant in a patient with acromegaly.
  • Appleby, Sarah (2016). Using putative bovine embryonic stem cell-like cells for nuclear transfer cloning to determine their functional potential.
  • Bell, Laura (2015). General anaesthetic modulation of memory-related gene expression in the cerebral cortex.
  • Chibnall, Alice (2015). Doxycycline-inducible overexpression of NANOG in bovine fibroblasts and nuclear transfer embryos.
  • Hardie, Sarah (2015). Expression and purification of recombinant VMO1 protein.
  • Mayall, Kirsty (2015). In vitro effects of selenium on DNA damage in BRCA1 cell lines.
  • Wilson, Brooke (2015). MicroRNA-mediated silencing of bovine NANOG and MBD3.


  • Crossan, Hannah (2014). Characterisation of VM01 in human tissue.
  • Forrester-Gauntlett, Blaise (2013).Developmental gene expression profile of VMO-1 in the mouse auditory system.

BSc (Hons)

  • Mclean, Zachariah (2015). Increased MAP Kinase inhibition enhances epiblast-specific gene expression in bovine blastocyst.
  • Ho, Chze Yinn Cherinne (2014). Characterization of Vmo1 using zebrafish as model organism, with focus on the gene involvement in hearing.

Teaching Commitments


Biochemistry; Biology; Biotechnology; Genetics; Health; Molecular Biology

Recent Publications

  • Subasinghe, R., Clearwater, M. J., Peters, L., & Farrell, R. L. (2016). Putative xylanase activity of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa). In Plant Biology 2016. Conference held in Austin, Texas, USA.

  • Subasinghe, R., Clearwater, M., Peters, L. M., & Farrell, R. (2016). Putative xylanase activity of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa). In QMB Plant Molecular Biology Satellite. Conference held at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson, New Zealand.

  • Evans, S. O., Jameson, M. B., Cursons, R. T. M., Peters, L. M., Bird, S., & Jacobson, G. M. (2016). Development of a qPCR method to measure mitochondrial and genomic DNA damage with application to chemotherapy-induced DNA damage and cryopreserved cells. Biology, 5(4), 11 pages. doi:10.3390/biology5040039 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10841

  • Stayte, L., Peters, L. M., & Voss, L. (2015). General anaesthetic modulation of gene expression in the mouse brain. In Proceedings of the Waikato Clinical Campus Research Seminar [in NZMJ] Vol. 128 (pp. 102-107). New Zealand Medical Journal (NZ Medical Association).

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Contact Details

Room: CD.2.03
Phone: +64 7 858 5110