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The Hopkirk Research Institute is situated on Massey University's Turitea campus at Palmerston North, adjacent to Massey's Institute for Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS).
Scientists are from both AgResearch and Massey University. They both collaborate on and complement each others skills in:
Having both organisations under one roof fosters collaborative research. Working at the Hopkirk Research Institute assimilates the skills, expertise and knowledge of immunologists and microbiologists from AgResearch with epidemiologists, pathologists, and veterinary public health from Massey University.
In addition, scientists from other Crown Research Institute’s and private companies utilise the first-class facilities available at the Hopkirk Research Institute, which enables human research and unique diagnostic services for animals.
Research teams from AgResearch and Massey University are led by internationally recognised researchers in their respective fields.
Our multi-disciplinary research involves integrated science capability teams, as well as collaboration with external science groups with the aim to develop new vaccines and advanced diagnostic technologies to improve farm management systems. An important part of our remit is to establish and maintain strong links with national and international stakeholders, particularly those in the pastoral sector of Aotearoa.
These programmes include:
The award winning building supports the processes and procedures that are integral to world-class research. The building has six labs on each of the two main floors run at a Physical Containment 2 (PC2) level of containment and another three run at PC3, providing a safe environment for critical research involving restricted biological materials and highly pathogenic microorganisms (Risk Group 3 micro-organisms) such as Mycobacterium bovis and Mycoplasma bovis.
The Hopkirk Research Institute is equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation providing options for a number of commercial services. These instruments are also available for use by external researchers.
Nanostring nCounter: Nanostring facility (one of three in NZ) providing miRNAs and mRNA expression analysis using this novel technology to various organisations (Plant & Food and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research).
Flow cytometry facility: Equipped with latest Cytek Aurora spectral analyser capable of running 26 colours in a single panel to characterise functional immune cells.
PC3 laboratory at the Hopkirk Research Institute
Nanostring technology at the Hopkirk Research Institute