Facilities for science

Our students have access to top facilities and equipment for their research, like aerial drones, testing suites and marine research vessels.

Training labs include the AUT Roche Diagnostics Laboratory – which has state-of-the-art medical and biomedical testing machinery, and is the only university lab of its kind in New Zealand.

AUT Roche Diagnostics Laboratory

The AUT Roche Diagnostics Laboratory is a training facility for our biomedical and medical laboratory science students. An industry and academic partnership, the lab houses state-of-the-art machinery and equipment used for scientific testing. Illumina MiSeq, Nanopore MinION, Nanopore P2 solo.

AUT Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics (ALCES)

ALCES (the AUT “squid lab”) is a research group studying cephalopod biology – especially deep-sea squids. Projects within this group are mainly at postgraduate level (master’s and doctoral research), investigating the diversity and ecology of cephalopods.

Aerial drones for remote sensing

Incorporating multispectral, infra-red, thermal and vegetation stress cameras.

Analytical Chemistry Suite

Platforms include AA, MP-AES, HPLC, GC-FID, GC-MS, LC-MS, Zetasizer, Fluorescent Spectrometer, FTIR and NMR.

Food Sensory Testing Suite

Tasting booths for descriptive sensory analysis, projective mapping and consumer testing.

Marine research vessels and SCUBA

10.7m and 4.7m, range of aquatic and benthic sampling devices, SCUBA support.

Microbiology Suite

Isolation and culture facilities, PC1 and PC2 biocontainment laboratories, batch and continuous bioreactors, biofilm bioreactors, microcosms, rapid enumeration tools.

Microscopy Suite

Confocal Raman/AFM.

Research in science

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across science.

About our research