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MBIE funding success for Biochemistry researchers

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:41pm

Congratulations to the four Biochemistry Department researchers who are recipients in the 2017 MBIE Endeavour Funding Round:

Professor Peter Dearden is principal investigator in the Research Programme grant: "Developing and applying next generation genomic selection to rapidly improve honeybee performance" which was awarded $6,344,620, and also the Smart Ideas grant of $939,999 for "Building Better Biocontrols by switching reproduction in parasitoid wasps".

Dr Monica Gerth, has been awarded a $1,000,000 Smart Ideas grant for "Mātauranga Māori guided discovery and development of new control methods for Phytophthora" (the group of pathogens that cause Kauri dieback disease and Avocado root rot).

Dr Paul Gardner, who is joining the Department in 2018, was awarded $939,999 for the Smart Idea "Building bioinformatic software for controlling protein expression" .

Professor Kurt Krause is an associate investigator in the Smart Ideas project led by Professor Vernon Ward (Department of Microbiology and Immunology),  "Targeting unique virus proteins with small molecule inhibitors", which was awarded $927,440.