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News and events for the Otago Department of Biochemistry

Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather than only food poisoning.

Out of the lab and on to the stage for Otago student

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Plant biology and musical theatre don't appear to have a lot in common, but it turns out Dunedin has provided University of Otago student Jacob Irby with the opportunity to combine his passion for both.

New Otago Biochemistry lecturer’s research funded by Cancer Society

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Dr Sarah Diermeier’s enthusiasm for finding out how an unexplored class of molecules influence breast cancer has been backed by the Cancer Society.

Pacific Island kids go bananas about biochemistry

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Last week a group of Pacific Island children from local intermediate schools were given a taste of biochemistry and genetics as part of Otago University's Intermediate Pacific Science Holiday Programme.

New monitoring method could help Māori cancer patients

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A simple blood test could provide a significant step to reducing health inequities for Māori cancer patients.

Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A University of Otago biochemistry PhD student is credited with saving lives, thanks to his new research finding a genetic mutation that is linked to high rates of Māori stomach cancer.

HRC and Lottery Health funding successes in Biochemistry


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Congratulations to Professor Kurt Krause and Dr Peter Mace for their recently awarded research grants from the Health Research Council and Lottery Health. 

Stan Walker helped by Biochemistry research

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

In a documentary screened last Sunday, the singer Stan Walker shared his roller coaster ride dealing with his family’s legacy of inherited stomach cancer.

Accomplished Biochemistry alumnus presents structure of the spliceosome

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Max Wilkinson returned to Dunedin yesterday to give a talk about his exceptional research into the structure of the spliceosome.

Funding success for brain disease research

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Research into neurodegenerative disease in the Department of Biochemistry has been boosted recently with funding successes for Dr Stephanie Hughes and the Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal Disease Lab.

2017 Biochemistry Student Prizewinners


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Department of Biochemistry is happy to announce that Nick Tenci, Bridget Thomas, Sarah Trevelyan, and Josiah Doorman have won the 2017 academic prizes.

Farewell to Dr Peter Stockwell


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Peter Stockwell retires from the Department of Biochemistry at the end of 2017. We held a farewell function on the 7th December to farewell him.

Biochemistry and Microbiology & Immunology research celebrated

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The first joint Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration, held last Friday at the Dunedin Town Hall, was a great success.