Research case studies

ESR undertakes a range of research that both informs our work and helps solve our clients' problems. To read examples of the research we have undertaken, sortable by science discipline, read the case studies below.

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DNA

About the DNA databank

In 1995, a joint project involving the New Zealand Police and ESR created the National DNA Profile Databank.  

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3D marae visualisation

Preserving Māori cultural assets

ESR partnered with Matatā based iwi Ngāti Rangitihi and 3D visualisation experts Blue Cube Consulting to co-develop a virtual marae visualisation platform named Te Rererunga (the ‘fly over’).

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Andrew Chappell Drugs in waste water testing

Drugs in wastewater

Knowing where and when drugs are most commonly used is a valuable insight for Police and other agencies to inform and target the activity.

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Customs officer and ESR at CESL

New Zealand Customs ESR Screening Laboratory

Every day thousands of people, packages and large amounts of cargo arrive at the New Zealand border and enter the country.

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Genomics DNA

Next generation DNA

As profiling of DNA, and its sister compound RNA, continues to evolve, ESR is at the forefront of research and development in this area with a thriving research programme and product development.

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pills copy

Border to Grave

New psychoactive substances (also known as ‘synthetic cannabis’, ‘party pills’ and ‘legal highs’) are proliferating internationally at an unprecedented rate.

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