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Otago Biochemistry master’s degree presentations 2020

Wednesday 4 November 2020 12:06pm

Four of our students studying for their masters’ degrees presented their research to the rest of the department on Tuesday.

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Masters students present their research in the new Biochemistry Department seminar room. Clockwise from top left: Beatrice Koh, Jacob Irby, Tom Chin, and Hannah Neville.

A Master of Science degree usually takes two years. It has a coursework component in the first year, and a research project that spans both years.

Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, were popular with this group. Two of the students used these microscopic organisms as a laboratory model to study different aspects of light-related processes. The other talks varied considerably, from looking at how mutations affect protein dynamics to investigating the role of a transcription factor protein in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

The following students presented their work:
Beatrice Koh (supervisor Professor Julian Eaton-Rye and Dr Tina Summerfield [Dpt of Botany]) - Making Mutants to Investigate Light Sensitivity in Synechocystis PCC 6803
Tom Chin (supervisors Associate Professors Liz Ledgerwood and Sigurd Wilbanks) - A Species Comparison of Cytochrome c in Apoptosis
Hannah Neville (supervisor Dr Anita Dunbier) - Characterising the Role of STAT1 in ER+ Breast Cancer
Jacob Irby (supervisor Professor Julian Eaton-Rye) - Acquisition of Inorganic Phosphate and Reconstruction of the Photosynthetic Apparatus Under Phosphate-Limitation in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

The masters presentations will continue on Tuesday 10th November, 12pm, Room GI3, with the following students:
Shannon White (supervisors Professor Julian Eaton-Rye and Dr Tina Summerfield [Dpt of Botany]) - Characterisation of Alternative D1 Protein Residues in Photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
Conor McNeice (supervisor Professor Kurt Krause) - Crystallographic Studies of an Essential Enzyme Found in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Ruth Platt (supervisor Professor Sally McCormick) - Determining Underlying Genetic Causes of Extreme Lp(a) Phenotypes

You can find out more about research in these laboratories here:
Professor Julian Eaton-Rye’s research profile 
Associate Professor Liz Ledgerwood’s research profile 
Associate Professor Sigurd Wilbanks’s research profile 
Dr Anita Dunbier’s research profile
Professor Kurt Krause's research profile
Professor Sally McCormick's research profile
Dr Tina Summerfield's research profile