Through my undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland I focused on ecology, conservation, environmental science and microbiology. I then decided to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Science where I became interested in the microbial aspect of wine making.
This led on to a Masters on the biogeography of wine yeasts in New Zealand. This topic taught me valuable skills in microbiology and molecular genetics, which I found fascinating. During this time I also became intensely interested in bioinformatics.
After completing my Masters I decided to pursue a PhD in bioinformatics to immerse myself in the field. My PhD topic was on the Origins, Diversity and Ancestry of Saccharomyces Yeasts in New Zealand. This topic involved the whole genome sequencing of 62 yeasts and the corresponding comparison of these genomes to those produced around the world.
Awards and Honours
2011 - PhD Scholarship NZ Ministry of Science and Innovation
2010 - Faculty of Science Masters Award The University of Auckland
2010 - Annual Scholarship NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists
2010 - MSc (Biological Sciences), University of Auckland - New Zealand
2009 - PGDipSci (Wine Science), University of Auckland - New Zealand
2006-2008 - BSc (Biological Sciences), University of Auckland - New Zealand
Gayevskiy, V and Goddard MR (2012). Geographic delineations of yeast communities and populations associated with vines and wines in New Zealand. The ISME Journal, 6: 1281–1290.
Gayevskiy V, Klaere S, Knight S, Goddard MR (2014) ObStruct: A Method to Objectively Analyse Factors Driving Population Structure Using Bayesian Ancestry Profiles. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85196.