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 serves as 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.

AUT Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics

The Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics studies cephalopod biology – especially deep-sea squids. The lab is mainly used by postgraduate students conducting their master’s and doctoral research around 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, ICP, HPLC, GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, 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

Atomic-force, laser-confocal, Raman, SEM and TEM.

Recirculating Aquaculture System and Marine Aquaria

10,000 litre capacity, freshwater and marine aquaria.

Research in science

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

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