Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

News archive: Otago Department of Biochemistry

News archive pages for:


The current year's news stories are below:

44th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society

Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:49pm

Last week Otago Biochemistry gathered together to listen to the fourth-year biochemistry students presenting work from their first year at the coal-face of biomedical research.

^ Top of Page

Genetics student named Fulbright scholar  

Thursday, 27 August 2020 1:34pm

Genetics Masters student  Anežka Hoskin has been named a  Fulbright New Zealand  scholar and will start her PhD in genetics at Stanford University in September next year.  

^ Top of Page

Outstanding Otago Biochemistry student researchers win scholarships

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 12:39pm

Two students studying at Otago Biochemistry have recently received scholarships to support their postgraduate research – one can now pursue a PhD in the USA, and the other will be supported while they add a year of research to their medical education.

^ Top of Page

Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School

Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am

A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.

^ Top of Page

Research team hopes Māori lives will be saved with new testing criteria for stomach cancer

Monday, 10 August 2020 11:01am

There are likely to be several hundred Māori unaware they are at high risk of an inherited form of stomach cancer and a New Zealand research team is hopeful updated international clinical practice guidelines they helped develop will encourage these people to be tested.

^ Top of Page

Retirement with a twist for extolled Professor

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 10:19am

Not everyone approaches retirement the same way. As Division of Health Sciences Communications Adviser Craig Borley discovers, for newly appointed Emeritus Professor Warren Tate, retirement is a term that speaks more about gradual change than an abrupt cessation of work.

^ Top of Page

Welcome for Biochemistry Majors

Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:12pm

The Otago Biochemistry Department welcomed students starting their biochemistry journey this week with an informal lunchtime function in the newly refitted department seminar room.

^ Top of Page

Warren Tate becomes Emeritus Professor

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 10:49am

The 1st of July 2020 marked a significant milestone in the career of Warren Tate as he took up his new position in the Department, as Emeritus Professor.

^ Top of Page

Grant successes strengthen research into neurodegenerative diseases at Otago Biochemistry

Monday, 6 July 2020 3:04pm

Thanks to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, two new research projects investigating neurodegenerative diseases will go ahead this year in the Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal disease laboratory at Otago Biochemistry.

^ Top of Page

HRC funding to help understand how our cells respond to invasion by viruses

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 10:16am

Otago Biochemists Professor Catherine Day and Dr Adam Middleton have secured $1.2 million for a new research project looking into the details of how we defend ourselves against invading viruses.

^ Top of Page

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:21pm

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

^ Top of Page

Otago Biochemists investigate effects of coronavirus on brain cells

Monday, 8 June 2020 12:20pm

Some sufferers of Covid-19 are reporting symptoms related to the brain and nervous system, such as dizziness, headache, seizures, and risk of stroke; this phenomenon has motivated a trio of scientists here at Otago to investigate further.

^ Top of Page

Health of truck drivers and evening TV binge-watchers under Otago researchers’ spotlight

Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am

The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.

^ Top of Page

Otago Biochemistry Emerging Researcher to investigate genetics of kidney disease and gout specific to Māori and Pacific people

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 10:09am

Congratulations to Otago Biochemistry Research Fellow Dr Megan Leask, who has been awarded an HRC Emerging Research First Grant to investigate genes associated with chronic kidney disease and gout in Māori and Pacific people.

^ Top of Page

Tyler McCourt wins the 2020 Joan Mary Anderson Award

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:06am

Otago Biochemistry MSc student Tyler McCourt has been awarded the 2020 Joan Mary Anderson Award in Plant science.

^ Top of Page

Science under lockdown

Monday, 6 April 2020 11:21am

Despite the lockdown and the scramble to get the Department’s teaching online, Otago Biochemistry research teams are continuing their science…

^ Top of Page

Work continues during Covid-19 lockdown!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:03am

Lectures will continue online after a one-week break, as Otago Department of Biochemistry staff work from home during the Level 4 Covid-19 alert.

^ Top of Page

Covid-19 contingency planning

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:06pm

The Department of Biochemistry is busy planning for teaching to continue during any disruption of the university due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

^ Top of Page

More academic achievement awards for Otago Biochemistry students

Friday, 13 March 2020 12:50pm

Congratulations to the Otago Biochemistry students who received scholarships from outside the Department in recognition of their academic achievements as undergraduates last year.

^ Top of Page

Biochemistry’s Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes takes over as Director of the Brain Health Research Centre.

Monday, 9 March 2020 1:14pm

Associate Professor Steph Hughes undertook her first task as the new Director of the Brain Health Research Centre last week: chairing the Centre's launch of 2020’s Brain Awareness Week.

^ Top of Page

Brain Awareness Week begins

Friday, 6 March 2020 12:24pm

Brain Awareness Week starts this weekend. Otago’s very own Brain Health Research Centre brings research together from across departments, and during Brain Awareness Week there are many opportunities to get involved and learn more.

^ Top of Page

Otago researchers shed light on ‘arms race’ between bacteria and viruses

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:41am

University of Otago researchers have contributed to an international study which helps improve the understanding of bacteria and viruses.

^ Top of Page

Biochemistry student wins University of Otago’s top undergraduate prize

Friday, 7 February 2020 12:23pm

Jennifer Palmer, Otago Biochemistry’s top 300-level student in 2019, has also been awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize.

^ Top of Page

A new professor and two new associate professors at Otago Biochemistry

Thursday, 6 February 2020 12:06pm

As of February 1st, three lecturers at Otago Biochemistry have new titles; Richard Macknight is now a professor, and Peter Mace and Paul Gardner are now associate professors.

^ Top of Page

The changing of the guard: a new Head for Otago Biochemistry

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:26am

Another chapter in the history of the Department of Biochemistry has passed, with its leadership handed over at a special dinner last Friday at Plato Restaurant.

^ Top of Page

Academic awards for 2019 Biochemistry students

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 1:15pm

The Otago Department of Biochemistry is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 student academic awards: Jennifer Palmer (300-level Edson Prize), Helena Cooper (400-level Edson Prize), Sarah Robinson and Jasper Struwig (joint winners, Petersen Prize), Shannon White (Mervyn Smith Prize).

^ Top of Page

High school students come face-to-face with Biochemistry

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 2:08pm

High school students from across New Zealand got to explore their own personal biochemistry last week, when they visited the Department and sampled life at Otago University.