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Dean's welcome

Prof Vernon Ward, Dean OSMSThe School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) undertakes a broad range of world-class research from medicine to agriculture, and teaches a large cohort of students each year. Together we aspire to be a research-led School with an international reputation for excellence in biomedical and biological research and research informed teaching.

Staff in the School of Biomedical Sciences are active members of many University research centres and themes, including Genetics Otago, Centre for Neuroendocrinology, the Brain Health Research Centre and the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases. The School has close links with AgResearch through many long-standing research interactions (Formulation and Drug Delivery, Deer Research etc). The School attracts a significant proportion of the contestable research funding within New Zealand and our staff regularly receive recognition for their research achievements.

The School is committed to research-informed teaching and aims to provide our students with a world-class educational experience. We teach over 2400 equivalent full-time students across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science and health sciences. We have a vibrant postgraduate community, many of them international students, with more than 200 studying for PhDs in our five departments. Our students are supported by strong department programmes and school activities including postgraduate colloquia.

The School of Biomedical Sciences provides a special environment in which to learn and study. We have a strong emphasis on health and biomedical sciences but our strengths in fundamental molecular and cellular biology along with biotechnology, genetics, neuroscience and bioinformatics are also major areas of research and teaching focus. Within our School you will encounter a great diversity of leading edge researchers working on a wide variety of topics from cancer, human and animal health, immunology, virology, neuroendocrinology through to plant biotechnology. This makes it an exciting, challenging and diverse place to be!

Professor Vernon Ward
Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences