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Biochemistry research at Otago: Diagnostics, therapeutics, and biotechnology

Researchers in this area make discoveries of how diseases work at the molecular and genetic level, and translate them into either treatments for those diseases or ways to diagnose or prevent those diseases. The Department has particular expertise in inherited cancers and neurodegenerative disorders. Research groups also focus on engineering better enzymes for bio-remediation, chemical manufacture and biotechnology.


Anti-cancer compounds

Breast cancer cells

Breast cancer


Detection of inherited cancer


Proteomics and mass spectrometry


Enzyme engineering