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Thursday, 14 October 2021 10:54am
University of Otago researchers are behind a major scientific breakthrough which could lead to elimination of the world’s biggest infectious diseases killer, tuberculosis (TB).
Tuesday, 5 October 2021 1:49pm
Two innovative research projects emerging from the Department of Biochemistry have each been awarded a million dollars over three years through the MBIE ‘Smart Ideas’ Endeavour Fund.
Friday, 17 September 2021 12:39pm
Haere mai Dr Nathan Kenny! Nathan joined Otago Biochemistry last week as a brand new lecturer and research group leader. His plans include researching resilience in kuku, green-lipped mussels, in a project supported by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
Monday, 13 September 2021 9:01am
Ten University of Otago researchers have been named winners of the 2021 Endeavour Fund.
Wednesday, 8 September 2021 7:59am
Understanding the future of fjords and their ability to soak up carbon is one of nine University of Otago scientific research projects receiving more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Wednesday, 1 September 2021 11:45am
For the first time in its 45-year history, the meeting of the Otago Biochemistry Department Research Society, aka the Fourth-Year talks, was held entirely online.
Thursday, 26 August 2021 11:41am
Professor Parry Guilford and the Cancer Genetics Laboratory have been looking for a drug treatment that will inhibit the growth of inherited stomach cancer. Part of this search will now be developing a system that will deliver chemotherapy directly to tumours growing in the stomach.
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:18am
Professor Neil Gemmell takes over as Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences next year.
Thursday, 29 July 2021 1:25pm
From biofilms to breast cancer and connective tissue to kākāpō, the annual Otago School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium once again showcased the diversity and quality of research carried out by postgraduate students in the school. And the Department of Biochemistry, as one of the five member departments of the school, contributed its fair share of the research on display.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:12am
Investigating the impact of diabetes on access to cancer services, improving the health of Māori affected by psychosis, and a new stomach cancer drug delivery system are just some of the areas of University of Otago research to receive new Health Research Council funding.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021 12:00am
Kaye Wilson, who has been Teaching Fellow and Professional PracticeFellow in the Department of Biochemistry for 27 years, retired on Friday the 9th July. The occasion was marked by a morning tea and dinner.
Friday, 23 July 2021 4:44pm
Emeritus Professor George Bouet Petersen, ONZM FRSNZ, died in hospital on 11 July 2021, aged 87. Professor Petersen was born in Palmerston North in 1933. He graduated from the University of Otago in 1956 with an MSc followed by a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He was appointed to the Chair in Biochemistry at Otago in 1968 and remained Head of Department until 1991, retiring in 1999.
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 1:50pm
For most of the past weekend, enthusiastic biochemists and geneticists from Otago University were working flat-out introducing passers-by to the science of the molecules that make up our cells.
Friday, 9 July 2021 8:33am
Dr Sarah Diermeier has carved out a novel niche that complements New Zealand’s cancer research landscape.
$14m invested in world-leading RNA therapy: University of Otago spinout targeting new cancer treatments
Thursday, 8 July 2021 5:09pm
Amaroq Therapeutics, a new biotech start-up spun out of the University of Otago, with one of the world’s most advanced programs in next-generation RNA therapy to target cancer has secured NZ$14m investment to accelerate development.
Thursday, 8 July 2021 1:18pm
Six researchers whose work ranges from investigating pre-schoolers urban experiences to how reproduction influences life-history, health and ageing have been honoured with Early Career Researcher Awards.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021 2:09pm
The wait is over. From today everyone in the biochemistry building can enjoy the newly upgraded ruma kaimahi (staffroom).
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 2:41pm
A select group of New Zealand’s top high school biology students visited Otago Biochemistry recently as part of the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO) training camp.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 3:25pm
Singing at royal weddings and funerals is literally all in a day’s work for Otago alumnus Nicholas (Nick) Madden.
Monday, 10 May 2021 1:19pm
Graduates with degrees majoring in Biochemistry or Genetics were invited to a gathering on Saturday to celebrate their achievements.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021 9:27am
Ten postgraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry have been awarded the Mike Murphy and Rob Smith Scholarships for 2021.
Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:48am
Ella Redmond and Nicole Thomson are the joint winners of the 2020 Jean Mary (Jan) Anderson Awards in Plant Science.
Thursday, 22 April 2021 2:11pm
This week, a group of Pacific Island children from local intermediate schools visited the Department of Biochemistry as part of Otago University’s Intermediate Pacific Science Holiday Programme.
Monday, 12 April 2021 10:39am
PhD student Megan Taylor has just won the 2021 Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship for Otago students. This scholarship, worth $10,000, is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community involvement by Freemasons New Zealand in conjunction with The Freemasons Charity.
Thursday, 1 April 2021 1:18pm
We are delighted to welcome Dr Louise Bicknell to Otago Biochemistry as a senior lecturer. Dr Bicknell studies rare genetic conditions, particularly ones that cause problems in children’s growth and development.
Friday, 29 January 2021 2:41pm
Our friend and colleague Associate Professor Russell Poulter died suddenly on 11 January while hiking in the Hooker Valley with his family. Russell was an active and passionate researcher right up to the time of his death - which occurred as he was investigating an interesting flower by the side of the track. He is survived by wife and research partner Dr Margi Butler, their daughter Jane Poulter, and son George Taiaroa.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 2:45pm
The 2020 Biochemistry academic prizes were awarded to Jennifer Palmer, Tyler McCourt, Gareth Jones, Janneke Zwager, and Maria Larsen.