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Dr Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart

Principal Academic Staff Member

Contact info

+64 7 834 8800 extension 8704


I have always been interested in science, and so studied physiology. Since completing my PhD, I have carried out research on pancreatic function and peptide changes that may be involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, and mechanisms by which pancreatitis may cause acute respiratory deterioration. I have also been involved in research examining the effectiveness of a cloud-based learning system on student motivation and ownership of their learning.


  • Wintec CEO Award, 2008
  • Wintec Research Leadership Award, 2008
  • Member of the NZ Physiological Society Council, 2006-2015


  • Certificate in Adult Teaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy on signalling pathways between food intake and mammary milk production, University of Auckland and AgResearch Ruakura, 2005
  • Master of Science on the cardiovascular and metabolic effects of converting-enzyme inhibition, University of Melbourne, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology, University of Otago, 1978

Areas of expertise

  • Treatment of hypertension using a sheep model.
  • Identification and assessment of signalling links between the gut and mammary metabolism in rats.
  • Investigation of pancreatic function and peptide changes that may be involved in the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.

Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements

  • Research collaboration with University of Auckland.
  • Member of the Physiological Society of NZ.

Research activity

My current research is examining treatments to prevent or reduce inflammatory damage to lungs caused by over-inflation during mechanical ventilation. I am fortunate to have recently received some Health Research Council funding with my University of Auckland colleagues, to extend this research to test drugs that may be used in the treatment of people who are seriously affected by Covid-19. One of the problems experienced by such people on artificial ventilation is that the ventilation process itself can cause further damage to the lungs and contribute to their declining condition, and it has hoped that these drugs may reduce or prevent this decline.

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

Most of my time is spent teaching anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to students in various health science fields and I get satisfaction from making a difference in helping students understand science concepts to support the preparation or continuation of their careers. 

What do you love about your area?

I also enjoy carrying out physiology research to shed light on the complex mechanisms that run the incredible human machine.

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