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DNAiTECH:a team effort

Our partners

We acknowledge the enthusiastic support, intellectual contribution, and skills of these key people and businesses:

Dr Susie Wood

Dr Aashish Priye

Dr. Susie Wood from the Cawthron Institute is an expert adviser on the Curious Minds Grant. Susie is a senior scientist with expertise in freshwater and molecular ecology.  She is passionate about protecting and improving aquatic ecosystem integrity and in the use of molecular techniques to monitor and understand these environments. She currently co-leads a large MBIE funded project ( which is assessing the current and historic health of NZ's lakes. She is actively involved in outreach activities to community groups and schools.


Dr. Aashish Priye: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Priye has extensive experience in engineering integrated devices for bioanalytical detection such as a convective PCR system (enabling pseudo-isothermal PCR), a lab-on-a-drone system, and smartphone-enabled nucleic acid amplification system. Image analysis algorithm which greatly improves the sensitivity of regular CMOS sensors (like smartphones) in detecting and quantifying fluorescence signals. He has been involved in the development of molecular diagnostic platforms to detect mosquito-borne viral pathogens.

Kamahi Electronics

Kamahi is a Dunedin based company with expertise in precision electronics for innovative products. Edwin Nieman and his team developed the production PCB for DNAiTECH and the smartphone App for android.


Classic Aero Machining Ltd

Tony Wytenburg from Classic Aero Machining Limited provided the CAD design, prototyping, and final manufacture of the heating/optical LAMP reaction blocks for DNAiTECH. This project was a big departure from their everyday precision machining projects, building engines and other parts for experimental and WW1 and WW2 airplanes. 


Karyn Gray

Karyn is the director of learning at Haeata Community College in Christchurch.  She is a co-applicant on the Curious Minds grant. Karyn is a passionate advocate of the need to transform schooling from a traditional model to one that better meets the needs and future of today's young people. She is committed to a heutagogical and transdisciplinary approach to learning, challenging traditional notions of educational leadership.


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