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Biochemistry at Otago: Cutting-edge research and award-winning teaching

The Department of Biochemistry at Otago teaches biochemistry, genetics, plant biotechnology, and related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and carries out research into how life works at the molecular level. Our staff and students investigate the underpinning mechanisms of life in humans and other animals, plants, and microbes. Our goals are to enhance the well-being and quality of life of New Zealanders, improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and develop technology in agriculture and other industries.




We teach biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology to undergraduate and postgraduate science students, and contribute to professional health science courses such as Medicine and Dentistry.

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study



The Department has a long tradition of excellent research and innovation. Research interests are wide-ranging, in three broad categories:

Biodiversity and agricultural productivity

Diagnostics, therapeutics, and biotechnology

Genetic and molecular basis of disease


About us

The Biochemistry Department has contributed high-quality teaching and research to the University of Otago for nearly 70 years. The Department is part of the School of Biomedical Sciences, within the Otago Division of Health Sciences.

Upcoming events

Department of Pathology Seminar Series - Dr Sarah Diermeier

Friday, 13 April 2018

Dr Sarah Diermeier (Department of Biochemistry): Long Non-coding RNAs as Drivers of Tumour Progression

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