dnature diagnostics & research

About us

dnature diagnostics & research Ltd was started in 2009 as a specialist PCR and qPCR business.  While we provide reagents and equipment in this area, we're a little different in that we also have our own testing & research laboratory, distribute our own proprietary kits that we've developed, as well as offering consultancy services.

We are experts in qPCR and high resolution melting analysis (HRMA) and we use these techniques for testing plant pathogens, bee viruses & diseases as well as other primary industry (and some clinical) issues as well.  We provide sequencing for bacteria, yeast and fungi identification and we're continuing to develop test kits to solve industry problems.  By using the products we distribute in our lab means that we know what we sell really well, and if we don't like it, well you won't see it from us.

We also develop research and diagnostic qPCR assays for other laboratories & industries, as well ourselves, using SYBR, hydrolysis probe, HRMA and multiplex designs.  Drop us a line if you want to chat.


John Mackay - Technical Director

John has been working in the PCR area for over 25 years and has been developing and optimising real-time PCR assays for nearly 20 of these. John previously held a range of positions in Applied Science and Molecular Diagnostics for Roche before leaving Auckland to move to Gisborne and work on grapevine virus diagnostics. He brings a strong sales, technical support and laboratory background to dnature. See more


Tammy Waters -  Laboratory & Administration

Tammy is a Gisborne local who studied microbiology at the University of Waikato and is currently working towards her Masters, researching bee pathogens.  Her previous research focused on microbial diversity of the geothermal lakes in Rotorua, and after graduating worked in both administrative and laboratory roles in Hamilton. She has now returned to Gisborne and handles some of the administration of dnature as well as running the laboratory.


Rachel Bennett - Sales & Marketing

Rachel will be known to many people in her former sales roles with several life science companies. Based in Hamilton, Rachel manages the Auckland/Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Otago region for dnatures' reagent and testing business.  Prior to her roles in life science, she spent 3 years in forensic chemistry at ESR.


Belinda Mackay - General Manager

Prior to establishing dnature with John, Belinda worked in consumer goods marketing roles.  Belinda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company as well as its' marketing.