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News and events for the Otago Department of Biochemistry

Fun with biomolecules at the University of Otago Science Expo

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Monday, 23 July 2018

The Department of Biochemistry and Genetics Otago jointly ran an exhibit at the University of Otago Science Expo during the July school holidays, giving the public a chance to try hands-on techniques that are used by scientists to investigate the molecular details of life.

Poignant gift helps others

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Personal tragedy motivated Paris-based Julie Vandingenen to donate NZ$34,000 towards Otago's Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Biochemistry helps take Lab in a Box to Te Anau


Monday, 18 June 2018

The community in the Te Anau area was treated to a week of scientific insight into water quality recently when Lab in a Box came to town.

Farewell to Robyn Thomson


Friday, 8 June 2018

At the end of May we said goodbye and best of luck to Robyn Thomson. For fourteen years Robyn has been the Department's chief front-line person, and we will miss her a great deal.

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.