Dr. Duane Harland

Senior Scientist

E: Duane.Harland@agresearch.co.nz


2012-2013 AgResearch/University of Waikato, Tomorrow’s Leaders programme

1996-2000 University of Canterbury, Zoology, PhD

1992-1995 University of Canterbury, Zoology, BSc Honours, First Class

Research interests & activities

  • Structural biology and proteomics
  • Wool, hair, follicles and skin
  • Fibrous protein materials
  • Digital imaging, processing and analysis.
  • Microscopy – electron microscopy and tomography.
  • Vision science – bees and salticid spiders.
  • Spider biology – behaviour and sensory physiology.
  • Software design.


  • 2012 Organizing committee, Microscopy NZ conference 
  • 2010 Nikon Small Worlds photomicrography placement (9th).
  • 2008 KAREN eResearch champion for AgResearch Lincoln Campus.
  • 2007 Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society travel award.
  • 2003 Foundation of Research Science and Technology postdoctoral fellowship (declined)
  • 2001 Royal Society of London travel scholarship
  • 1998 Royal Society of New Zealand travel scholarship
  • 1996 University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship
  • 1996   Claude McCarthy Fellowship, travel & research SUNY, University of Sussex.


Plowman, J. E., Harland, D. P., Ganeshan, S., Woods, J. L., van Shaijik, B., Deb-Choudhury, S., . . . Scobie, D. R. (2015). The proteomics of wool fibre morphogenesis. Journal of Structural Biology, 191(3), 341-351. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsb.2015.07.005

Deb-Choudhury, S., Plowman, J. E., Rao, K., Lee, E., van Koten, C., Clerens, S., . . . Harland, D. P. (2015). Mapping the accessibility of the disulfide crosslink network in the wool fiber cortex. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 83(2), 224-234. doi: 10.1002/prot.24727

Deb-Choudhury, S., Plowman, J. E., & Harland, D. P. (2016). Isolation and analysis of keratins and keratin-associated proteins from hair and wool. Methods in Enzymology, Online. doi: 10.1016/bs.mie.2015.07.018

Harland, D. P., Walls, R. J., Vernon, J. A., Dyer, J. M., Woods, J. L., & Bell, F. (2014). Three-dimensional architecture of macrofibrils in the human scalp hair cortex. Journal of Structural Biology, 185(3), 397-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jsb.2014.01.010