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Genetics at Otago: outstanding research and teaching

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The University of Otago is home to an amazing community of geneticists, and facilities for genetics and genomics research and teaching. Our genetics researchers unite under the Genetics Otago Research Centre, and we conduct our teaching and qualifications through the Genetics Teaching Programme.

Genetics Otago

Genetics Otago is a University of Otago Research Centre formed in 2009 to unite its wide-ranging genetics expertise into New Zealand’s primary genetics research centre. We support nearly 200 members researching and studying genetics related disciplines at the University of Otago, and we engage with the public about genetics' contributions and impacts in New Zealand.

The University of Otago is an unrivalled genetics research location. Our expertise reaches across science, health, technology and law, our infrastructure enables world-class research, and our unique and rich natural surrounds inspire novel research and insights.

Otago’s genetics research drives innovation across New Zealand’s agricultural, conservation and medical sectors. It also deepens our understanding of our origins, our humanity and our natural world.

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Genetics Otago is led by the Director, Genetics Otago, Associate Professor Julia Horsfield.

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The Genetics Teaching Programme

Otago’s unique Genetics Teaching Programme immerses students in the full spectrum of genetics expertise across several departments, each with world class facilities.

Otago's genetics degree propels students into fulfilling, world-class careers. Our international and national networks open up tremendous opportunities for our graduates and postgraduates. Many gain international recognition and high impact opportunities in academia, practice and business.

Genetics Otago is led by the Director, Associate Professor Caroline Beck.

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Genetics outreach

Genetics Otago enthusiastically brings science to the community, especially young scientists. Our researchers bring their expertise and passion to many community and industry initiatives.

We help New Zealanders understand and benefit from genetics research and innovation.

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Genetics Otago membership

Genetics Otago’s membership comprises over 170 academic members researching and working in fields related to genetics.

Genetics academics and postgraduate students in or affiliated to the University of Otago can join Genetics Otago.As a member of Australasia's largest genetics community, you can stay up to date with what your peers are researching, access development opportunities, find collaborators, connect with other sectors, and engage the public about your research.