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Doctor of Philosophy 2017

Ivana Sequeira

I have always been intrigued by Science all throughout my formative years, in particular gut health. Hence expectedly, I graduated successfully with a PhD in Physiology from Massey University. I also have a Master of Medical Science from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and have practiced as a Clinical Dietitian.

My supervisors at Massey University were Professor Emeritus Roger Lentle and Professor Marlena Kruger who are well recognised for their research expertise. They truly were like my academic parents and I feel that I now have my very own Kiwi whānau [family]. If you are looking for a sense of ‘home’ away from home, then Massey is the place to be. The Palmerston North campus instilled a sense of family and there was a true sense of ‘community’.

I love New Zealand, its people and the country and I now have a permanent resident visa. I am still involved in research and academia and supervise three doctoral students and several master’s students. I am currently employed at the University of Auckland, where I hold a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as part of the National Science Challenge High-Value Nutrition programme. This would not have otherwise been possible without completing my PhD at Massey and the recognition I received as a result.