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2021 Otago Biochemistry MSc talks

Friday 12 November 2021 2:56pm

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The folks at Otago Biochemistry recently spent two lunchtimes listening to students in the annual MSc talks.

Students undertaking a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Biochemistry are required to present the results of their first year of research in a short talk to the department.

The talks are a great way of peering into the wide range of research within the department. They showcase the students’ dedication to their research throughout the year, which is generally of a very high standard, and this year’s talks were no exception.

Topics varied from oogenesis in honey bees to onion bulb formation, and from noncoding RNAs in breast cancer to antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas bacteria, plus a whole lot more in between.

Well done to all of the students who presented. Ka pai tō mahi!

Photo above: George Mashlan begins her MSc presentation on genomic deletions that contribute to antibiotic resistance in P. aeruginosa bacteria.

The 2021 MSc research talks included:

Georgia Cullen (Dearden Lab)
Division Clusters: Evidence that honeybee oogenesis lacks germ stem cells

Danna Camiring (Macknight Lab)
Characterization of candidate genes associated with onion bulb formation

Aaron Roydhouse (Ledgerwood Lab)
How do peroxiredoxins respond to putative health span increasing interventions?

William Warren (Carne Lab)
Extraction of Valuable Proteins from Ovine Lung Byproducts

Tyler McCourt (Brownfield Lab)
The Role of DUF247 in Ryegrass Self-Incompatibility

Caty McKenzie (Diermeier Lab)
Using lncRNAs and circRNAs as biomarkers in triple negative breast cancer

Cornelius Fischer (Eaton-Rye Lab)
A Specific Function of Psb28-2 in a D1-Mutant and Attempts to Change the Ligand Specificity of the Qb Site

George Mashlan (Lamont Lab)
The hunt for large genomic deletions contributing to B-lactam resistance in P. aeruginosa