Associate Professor William White

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Associate Dean - Research & Enterprise

Email: lindsey.white@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9115-1995

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Bioligical Sciences), University of Auckland
  • PhD, University of Auckland

Overview:

I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland in 2001. I was then awarded a three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and in 2004 I took up a position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Science at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I was appointed Head of the School of Interprofessional Health Studies at AUT in 2010 and in 2014 gave this up to take up a position as Associate Dean – International and Enterprise in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. In 2016 I took up the role of Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise.

I continue to teach, supervise and research within the School of Science at AUT.

Research interests:

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".

Teaching summary:

Most of my teaching within the Bachelor of Science is on phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, and fisheries.

Fields of research:

  • Ecology
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology)
  • Phycology (Incl. Marine Grasses)
  • Fisheries Sciences
  • Fisheries Management

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Board Member - New Zealander's for Health Research, New Zealander's for Health Research (2019 - ongoing)
  • Board Chair - Silver Line Charitable Trust NZ, Silver Line Charitable Trust NZ (2019 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Research Information Ecosystem Steering Group, AUT (2018 - ongoing)
  • Member - Research Committee of Academic Board, AUT, Academic Board, AUT (2016 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2016 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Postgraduate Board, Academic Board, AUT (2015 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Academic Promotion Committee, Faculty of Health and Envionmental Sciences, AUT, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2013 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Allied Staff Promotion Committee, Faculty of Health and Envionmental Sciences, AUT, Faculty of Health and Envionmental Sciences (2013 - ongoing)
  • Member - Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2010 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Academic Board, AUT (2010 - ongoing)
  • Member - Faculty Board, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2007 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • 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), 10721-10728. 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

  • Balbas, J., Hamid, N., Liu, T., Kantono, K., Robertson, J., White, W. L., . . . Lu, J. (2015). Comparison of physicochemical characteristics, sensory properties and volatile composition between commercial and New Zealand made wakame from Undaria pinnatifida. Food Chemistry, 186, 168-175. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.03.079

  • 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).

  • Balbas, J., Hamid, N., Liu, T., Kantono, K., Robertson, J., White, W. L., . . . Lu, J. (2015). Comparison of physicochemical characteristics, sensory properties and volatile composition between commercial and New Zealand made wakame from Undaria pinnatifida. Food Chemistry, 186. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.03.079

  • 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

Book chapters

  • 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.

Reports

  • 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).