Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8065
AG139, Office of the Dean
AUT North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Auckland 0627, New Zealand
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Most of my teaching within the Bachelor of Science is on phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, and fisheries. I also teach a Master’s level paper on evolution.
My main research interest has always been seaweeds. Much of my research has focused on seaweed utilisation, both by humans and by marine herbivores. I currently have several projects on the use of Undaria pinnatifida (an invasive seaweed) in New Zealand from both the wild harvest and aquaculture angles.
More recently I have moved into the fisheries space, and have several projects which are aiming to sustainably enhance the fisheries of both New Zealand surf clams and geoduc.
One of AUT’s strategic goals is to increase industry participation in research and in our group we have been very successful in this regard, in fact in 2013 we picked up a national award for research commercialization with Cloudy Bay Clams Ltd.
Note that until 2009, I was publishing under the surname "Zemke-White".
Optimising hatcheries technology for aquaculture of Undaria pinnatifida
The role of hind-gut microbes in the nutrition of marine herbivorous fish
Remote sensing using UAV to map submerged invasive plants and seaweeds
Surf clam life histories
Parent biomass surveys of NZ surf clams
Enhancing the NZ geoduck fishery
Marine bioactive compounds
We currently have projects that are investigating bioactive compounds from surf clams and geoduc as well as commercial scale production of fucoidan from NZ Undaria pinnatifida
Odeleye, T., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2019). Cytotoxicity of Extracts from New Zealand Surf Clams Against Organ Cancer Cell Lines.. Biomedicines, 7(2), 1-14. doi:10.3390/biomedicines7020025
Odeleye, T., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2019). Extraction techniques and potential health benefits of bioactive compounds from marine molluscs: a review.. Food and Function, 10, 2278-2289. doi:10.1039/c9fo00172g
Zhao, Y., Zheng, Y., Wang, J., Ma, S., Yu, Y., White, W. L., . . . Lu, J. (2018). Fucoidan extracted from Undaria pinnatifida: Source for nutraceuticals/functional foods. Marine Drugs, 16(9). doi:10.3390/md16090321
Yang, X., Wang, S., Trangle, S. S., Li, Y., White, W. L., Li, J., . . . Lu, J. (2018). Investigation of Different Molecular Weight Fucoidan Fractions Derived from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida in Combination with GroA Therapy in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines. Marine Drugs, 16(11). doi:10.3390/md16110454
Hassouna, A., Lu, J., Merien, F., White, W., & White, L. (2018). Fucoidan extracted from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida – physicochemical comparison against five other fucoidans: Unique low molecular weight fraction bioactivity in breast cancer cell lines. Marine Drugs, 16(12), 1-25. doi:10.3390/md16120461
Bi, D., Yu, B., Han, Q., Lu, J., White, W. L., Lai, Q., . . . Xu, X. (2018). Immune Activation of RAW264.7 Macrophages by Low Molecular Weight Fucoidan Extracted from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 66(41). doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.8b03698
Zhao, Y., Li, Y., Jiang, K., Wang, J., White, W. L., Yang, S., & Lu, J. (2017). Rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food by biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticle based on nuclear magnetic resonance. Food Control, 71. doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2016.06.028
Thakur, V., Lu, J., Roscilli, G., Aurisicchio, L., Cappelletti, M., Pavoni, E., . . . Bedogni, B. (2017). The natural compound fucoidan from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida synergizes with the ERBB inhibitor lapatinib enhancing melanoma growth inhibition. Oncotarget, 8(11). doi:10.18632/oncotarget.14437
Odeleye, T., Li, Y., White, W. L., Nie, S., Chen, S., Wang, J., & Lu, J. (2016). The antioxidant potential of the New Zealand surf clams. Food Chemistry, 204. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.120
Nottingham, C. D., & White, W. (2015). Annual reproductive cycle and condition index of the New Zealand Surf Clam Mactra murchisoni Deshayes, 1854 (Bivalvia: Mactridae). Journal of Shellfish Research, 34(3).
Mak, W., Wang, S. K., Liu, T., Hamid, N., Li, Y., Lu, J., & White, W. L. (2014). Anti-proliferation potential and content of fucoidan extracted from sporophyll of New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Frontiers in Nutrition, 1. doi:10.3389/fnut.2014.00009
Hau, L., Robertson, J., & White, W. L. (2014). Metals in New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame). Open Journal of Marine Science, 4. doi:10.4236/ojms.2014.43016
Wang, S. K., Li, Y., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2014). Extracts from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida containing fucoxanthin as potential functional biomaterials against cancer in vitro. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 5(2). doi:10.3390/jfb5020029
Zemke White, W. L., & Smith, J. E. (2006). Environmental impacts of Eucheuma spp. farming. In A. T. Critchley, M. Ohno, & D. B. Largo (Eds.), World Seaweed Resources. Amsterdam: Degussa.
Brown, M. T., & Zemke White, W. L. (2006). New Zealand's seaweed resources. In A. T. Critchley, M. Ohno, & D. B. Largo (Eds.), World Seaweed Resources. Amsterdam: Degussa.
Slater, A., Millar, R., & White, W. (2017). Biomass assessment of Geoduc (Panopea zelandica) from northern Golden Bay in Fishing Management Area 7 (17/01). Auckland: AUT Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand.
White, W., Millar, R. B., Farrington, G., Breen, D., & Selvaraj, S. (2015). Stock assessment of surf clams from Cloudy Bay, NZ (15/01). Auckland: AUT Institute for Applied Ecology.
Wang, A. J., White, L. N., Lu, J., Taylor, S., & White, W. L. (2014). Impact of processing and storage methods on the quantity and quality of fucoidan from NZ Undaria pinnatifida (14/02). Auckland University of Technology: Institute for Applied Ecology NZ.
White, L., Lu, Y., & White, W. L. (2014). Scoping assessment of the economic viability of harvesting Undaria pinnatifida from NZ mussel lines and potential uses of the collected material (14/01). Auckland, New Zealand: Institute for Applied Ecology.
White, L., Lu, J., & White, W. L. (2013). Value of the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida from NZ mussel farms: A scoping study. Wellington: Bioresource Processing Alliance.
White, W., Millar, R. B., Breen, B., & Farrington, G. (2012). Survey of subtidal surf clams from the Manawatu Coast (FMA8), October-
November 2012. + Addendum. Auckland University of Technology: Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Shellfish Working Group (SFWG).