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About us

Professor Gerald Tannock
Professor Gerald Tannock
Director

Microbiome Otago is a University of Otago research theme, hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Our aim is to promote multidisciplinary scientific research in a highly topical area - the impact of the microbial inhabitants of the human body on health and disease. Microbiome Otago is a truly international collaboration, with 38 founding scientific and clinical researchers spanning a diversity of disciplines and institutes in New Zealand and overseas.

Our research theme is built on three platforms comprising the development of interdisciplinary research projects. We place a particular focus on student projects and educative outreach, by means such as our blog which is targeted at interested members of the scientific and wider community. In time we plan to introduce a full cost-recovery microbiome analysis service for industry and any other users.

Building from the grass roots of student projects, Microbiome Otago encourages interdisciplinary research that will enhance the investigators’ ability to gain funding from traditional biomedical funders, National Science Challenges and alternative sources of funding such as the food and agricultural industries.

We actively support conference activities, outreach to schools and the general community through participation in science festivals and workshop programmes, and will align with Vision Mātauranga by including student projects of relevance to Māori health and wellbeing. Overseas members of Microbiome Otago provide access to EU and USA programmes for student exchange, increasing our global reach.

We hope you enjoy being a part of this exciting field of scientific research.

Professor Gerald Tannock
Director