Dr Volker Nock

Principal Investigator

Volker Nock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Biomolecular Interactions Centre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Microsystem Technology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury. From 2009 to 2012 he was a MacDiarmid Institute and Marsden Research Fellow. Since 2012 he has been an Associate Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute and MedTech CoREs. His research interests include micro- and nanofabrication, surface patterning and the application of microfluidics to Lab-on-a-Chip devices. He applies engineering technologies to study how biomolecules interact in plants and animals. Knowledge gained as part of this helps to increase our understanding of how biological systems function when healthy or diseased, enabling us to develop new treatments for plant and animal diseases.


Associated Content


Four New AIs

Penny Brothers was appointed an AI in February 2012.  She was born and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed BSc and MSc(Hons) degrees in chemistry at the University of Auckland. In 1979 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and set off for Stanford University to begin a PhD in chemistry under the supervision of […]

Being a PhD Student in New Zealand

  Raoul Peltier, France What degree are you doing?A PhD in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland, supervised by Professors David Williams and Margaret Brimble. What is your research about?Antifreeze glycoproteins found in Antarctic fishes inhibit the growth of tiny ice crystals at cold temperatures. This allows the fish to survive in […]