Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray

Associate Professor Duncan McGillivray

Principal Investigator

Phone: 09 923 88255

Postal Address:

School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

Duncan McGillivray is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland who trained in neutron and X-ray scattering in the UK and USA, before returning to set-up a research group in New Zealand. His undergraduate was at the University of Auckland and the Australian National University, and he completed his doctorate at Oxford University looking at surfactant structures using neutrons. Later he served a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon Universities, jointly with the NIST Center for Neutron Research, developing a biomimetic membrane system and investigating protein-membrane interactions. 

Research Interests

Duncan’s current research is focussed on understanding the physical bases of biological interactions at surfaces, particularly through investigating the structure of complex non-crystalline protein systems (including membrane proteins and protein colloids), primarily making use of the Australian Synchrotron and the OPAL Research Reactor in Sydney.

Associated Content


The Christmas Wrap

We’ve had another big year. We welcomed two new Deputy Directors Profs David Williams (UoA) and Alison Downard (UoC) (Shaun Hendy stepping down at the end of last year and Simon Brown at mid year). We also welcomed six new Principal Investigators (Natalie Plank (VUW), Cather Simpson (UoA), John Kennedy (GNS), Duncan McGillivray (UoA), Bernd […]

Bottom-Up Soft Engineering

In the spirit of traditional condensed matter physics, this Objective focuses on understanding how the macroscopic properties of soft materials emerge from the chemical composition of, and the interactions between, the molecular components. We study the organisation of proteins into higher order assemblies, building on our successful manufacture of protein nanotubes (fibrils) from readily available […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Cell Membranes

Duncan McGillivray travels a lot. When I finally manage speak to him, he is in Washington DC, but he’s just been in the UK at the Rutherford Laboratory, home to one of the world’s brightest neutron sources. That was really fun. Excellent science, with beautiful summer weather, a few pubs and cute villages in between,” he […]