Cutting-edge research and award-winning teaching
The Department of Biochemistry 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. We aim 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.
For over 70 years the Department has been contributing high-quality teaching and research to the University of Otago. The Department is part of the School of Biomedical Sciences, within the Otago Division of Health Sciences.
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19 Sep 2023
More than $32 million MBIE research funding for Otago
University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $32 million in the l...
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From Chile to New Zealand and beyond, doing science from a wheelchair
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Saving species from extinction
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