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Wednesday, 21 December 2022 4:55pm
Congratulations to all former biochemistry students graduating this month! Tino pai rawa atu! The Department is particularly thrilled to see a record number of PhD completions this year, despite the challenges that this cohort has faced with the COVID pandemic. Sixteen former PhD students graduated this year, 10 of them in December.
Friday, 16 December 2022 1:26pm
Along with nine other graduands from the Department of Biochemistry, Gemma McLaughlin graduates with her PhD this week. But the journey that Gemma took to get to this point turned out to be very different to the one she thought she would take when she started her PhD study.
Friday, 16 December 2022 1:02pm
Dr Sarah Diermeier leads a highly successful group in the Department of Biochemistry that carries out research into cancer and RNA biology. Three former students from Sarah’s research group graduate with their PhDs this week.
Friday, 16 December 2022 11:57am
Scientists, students and professional staff flocked to Biochemistry’s BIG13 (ground floor seminar room) to celebrate the achievements of the past year, forget their frustrations, and to gorge on strawberries during the Department’s annual end of year party.
Monday, 12 December 2022 2:45pm
Staff from across the School of Biomedical Sciences gathered last week to celebrate the achievements of the past year and find out who won the teaching and research awards for 2022.
Monday, 28 November 2022 2:28pm
From a global health crisis to Aotearoa’s health inequity – University of Otago projects awarded Health Research Council funding will benefit those at home and around the world.
Monday, 28 November 2022 11:19am
The Health Research Council has awarded 19 Otago researchers almost $3.8 million in Career Development Awards.
Thursday, 24 November 2022 11:46am
Associate Professor Peter Mace was officially presented with the University’s Carl Smith Medal for outstanding research this week at a public lecture and ceremony attended by current and former colleagues, collaborators, and whānau.
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 9:36am
A project investigating new ways to fight deadly bacterial biofilms has won a Marsden Fast-Start fellowship for its lead researcher, Otago biochemist Dr Matthias Fellner.
Monday, 14 November 2022 11:40am
In a series of four lunchtime sessions held over the past few weeks, Otago Biochemistry Master’s degree students have been presenting their research project progress to assembled members of the Department of Biochemistry.
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:22am
It is not an easy thing to keep a class of high school students quiet and attentive for 20 minutes. Our 300-level students have recently been sharing their enthusiasm for biochemistry with high school students throughout Dunedin as part of their their second semester assessments.
Tuesday, 18 October 2022 11:13am
Congratulations to our own Michael Black who this year was promoted to Professor on the back of a stellar academic career bringing statistics to biomolecular research. Mik's focus is on using statistics and computational tools to wrangle the huge datasets integral to modern biomolecular research, mainly applied to human diseases such as cancer, but also in agricultural and horticultural research. His ability to form strong collaborations with researchers across many disciplines and places underpins his research success.
Monday, 29 August 2022 11:27am
Last week the Department celebrated the hard work of our fourth year students at the 46th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society.
At this meeting, every fourth year student - including those studying for Honours and Master’s degrees - presents the research they have been working on in labs across the Department throughout the year. This is generally the first experience that these students have in a real academic research lab.
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 3:37pm
Leading structural biologist Associate Professor Peter Mace has been awarded one of the University of Otago’s highest research honours.
Monday, 22 August 2022 11:27am
Over the weekend, the Department of Biochemistry was privileged to celebrate the graduation of one of our first Pasifika students to complete a PhD, Dr Jaye Moors.
Friday, 5 August 2022 4:14pm
Ten out of the 22 successful Health Research Council (HRC) grants received by the University of Otago were for recipients based in the School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS).
Thursday, 4 August 2022 1:22pm
The 2022 School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium was held last week at the University’s Student Union. This was the first time that many of the postgraduate students in the BMS have had the opportunity to attend or present their research at a scientific meeting in person, thanks to the pandemic.
Wednesday, 3 August 2022 10:27am
Dr Katerina Achilleos and Dr Liam Turk from the Department of Biochemistry have each been awarded one of the highly competitive Health Sciences Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Tuesday, 2 August 2022 4:03pm
A University of Otago researcher is involved in a breakthrough trial which could improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with Batten disease.
Monday, 1 August 2022 2:23pm
A brain protein with high potential to delay or reverse the onset of Alzheimer’s disease has been exploited by University of Otago researchers.
Wednesday, 27 July 2022 11:13am
Thirteen Murphy/Smith scholarships awarded for 2022.
Monday, 18 July 2022 4:04pm
Two research proposals from the Biochemistry Department have made it through the highly competitive NZ HRC project funding application round this year.
Both projects aim to help improve cancer treatments using knowledge of biomolecules, but each uses a different approach. One uses the ability to catalogue the thousands of RNA molecules present in a single cell, and the other looks at just a few protein molecules, but in intricate detail.
Friday, 15 July 2022 10:41am
Rhiannon Adams, who last year won the The Mervyn Smith Prize for the student with the highest level of attainment in biochemistry in the first year MSc class, has been awarded the Marjorie McCallum MSc scholarship for 2022.
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 11:43am
Researchers have uncovered how post-viral fatigue syndromes, including Long COVID, become life-changing diseases and why patients suffer frequent relapses.
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 3:18pm
A common interest in biomechanics has led one University of Otago PhD candidate from Iran to Dunedin.
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 1:13pm
Master’s student Cait MacTaggart has the support of the Rotary and Lions Clubs in her hometown of Cromwell behind her as she launches into a career in health-related research.
Wednesday, 1 June 2022 8:35am
Seventeen early and mid-career researchers (EMCR) have received a boost from the Division of Health Sciences with an Accelerator Grant.
Monday, 23 May 2022 9:34am
The fascinating story of Professor Kurt Krause's research career, from fistfights and infectious diseases to crystals and glowworms
Friday, 20 May 2022 12:36pm
Graduating in absentia can be hard for any student wanting to celebrate but for Madeline McIntyre, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thursday, 19 May 2022 1:58pm
Charles Shaw shares how his background in mechanical engineering not only led to his PhD in Biochemistry, but also complemented his research.
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 1:59pm
On Saturday 14th May the Department of Biochemistry celebrated Otago's 2022 May graduation ceremony with a social function for graduates and their families.
Monday, 16 May 2022 2:15pm
Dr Nathan Kenny ran a children's "DNA from bananas" activity at the museum on Saturday.
Wednesday, 11 May 2022 11:27am
New Zealand should become a nanomedicine production hub, says Dr Sarah Diermeier, an up-and-coming commercial researcher based here at Otago Biochemistry.
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 2:02pm
Passionate muso and dedicated scientist Katie Peppercorn shares her PhD journey and why it is important to be more than a ‘one-trick pony’.
Monday, 2 May 2022 1:03pm
The 2021 Biochemistry academic awards were won by Theresa Matheson-Grant, Anita Lu, Flynn Kelly, Louise Walker, and Rhiannon Adams
Friday, 29 April 2022 9:12am
For the first time in its five year history, the Joan Mary Anderson Award has been won by a male student, Oliver Newman.
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 2:46pm
Scholarship recipient a gifted young researcher who is a part of a team doing 'ground breaking' work investigating non-coding ribonucleic acid.
Wednesday, 9 March 2022 9:18am
University of Otago-led research has identified a new rare genetic mutation which will finally give families around the world answers as to what is affecting their loved one.