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Otago Biochemistry: Resources for high school students

This page features research stories from the Otago Department of Biochemistry that you can use to study for achievement standards in the New Zealand Biology NCEA levels 2 and 3.

We have also included other resources that may be useful for high school biology students, including biochemistry-related career advice, models of molecules to print in 3D, and links to other science resource websites.

Local research stories

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Genetic transfer in agriculture: control of flowering

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Tracing gastric cancer in NZ families

Only one research story is currently active, more are under development and will be available soon.

Bee apis imageMore stories about Otago Biochemistry research

Many of our research stories have been featured in video, audio and print media in New Zealand and internationally. We also explain some of our research on our research blog.

I enjoy happy biochemists 5_tnBiology - what career should I choose, and how do I get there?

Explore careers that a degree in Biochemistry can lead to, and read career stories from ex-Biochemistry students and advice on what you should take to prepare for Biochemistry.

DNA model 385Print 3D models of proteins and other bio-molecules

Find out what proteins and DNA actually look like, and how they work, by printing out models in 3D.

Biochemistry building in spring.Visit the Department of Biochemistry

We regularly host visits from high school classes keen to gain hands-on experience of biochemistry in the lab.

For more information about visiting the Department of Biochemistry, please email:

Other useful resources

  • Science Learning Hub -  New Zealand multimedia science education resources, collected by topic and concept, and based at the University of Waikato
  • Learn.Genetics - Genetic science learning centre based at the University of Utah
  • TED Ed Life Sciences - Video lessons built around TED talks on life science topics
  • Profiles of NZ women in science - Provided by Curious Minds, a New Zealand Government initiative to encourage engagement with science and technology
  • Pass NCEA Biology - A learning hub providing resources and notes to help study for NCEA Biology standards levels 1-3
  • WEHI.TV - Animated movies explaining concepts in molecular biology and medical research

Contact us if you have any suggestions to improve or add to these resource pages at biochemistry@otago.ac.nz.