Heather Hendrickson

Senior LecturerHeather Hendrickson

Julius Van Haast Rm 538
Internal Phone: 91875

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Bacteria rule the planet. In the Hendrickson lab we use a combination of experimental evolution, bacterial genomics, cell biology, genome sequencing, and genetics to study important transitions in microbiology.

We are currently pursuing projects that involve using bacteriophages to protect New Zealand's primary industries against bacterial pathogens.

We also study the evolution of bacterial cell shape, virulence and endosymbiosis. For more information see https://hendricksonlab.co.nz/

Recent Publications

  • Kok DN., Turnbull J., Takeuchi N., Tsourkas PK. and Hendrickson HL. (2023) In Vitro Evolution to Increase the Titers of Difficult Bacteriophages: RAMP-UP Protocol. PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research 4(2): 68-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/phage.2023.0005.
  • Kok DN., Zhou D., Tsourkas PK. and Hendrickson HL. (2023) Paenibacillus larvae and their phages; a community science approach to discovery and initial testing of prophylactic phage cocktails against American Foulbrood in New Zealand. Microbiome Research Reports 2(4) http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/mrr.2023.16.
  • Hanauer DI., Graham MJ., Arnold RJ., Ayuk MA., Balish MF., Beyer AR., Butela KA., Byrum CA., Chia CP. and Chung HM. (2022) Instructional Models for Course-Based Research Experience (CRE) Teaching. CBE Life Sciences Education 21(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1187/CBE.21-03-0057.
  • Kok DN. and Hendrickson HL. (2022) Save our bees: bacteriophages to protect honey bees against the pathogen causing American foulbrood in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2022.2157847.
  • Zuppi M., Hendrickson HL., O’Sullivan JM. and Vatanen T. (2022) Phages in the Gut Ecosystem. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 11 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2021.822562.