Students who have studied in the Department of Biochemistry go on to a wide variety of interesting careers around New Zealand and the world. Here are stories featuring the work and careers of some of our alumni.
Jacob Lamb is passionate about using biology, and his background in biochemistry, to help us use energy in a better way.
A degree in biochemistry provided Laura Haycock with an answer and a pathway into the world of pharmaceuticals.
Graduating with a degree in biochemistry in the midst of a global pandemic gave Moizle Ocariza a flying start to her career in biotechnology.
Tom Wiggins has discovered that a postgraduate degree in biochemistry opens up career opportunities in amazing places around the world.
From the beginning, Sara Humphreys has been keen to explore the world around her, in all sorts of ways.
A budding interest in biology and chemistry at Taumarunui High School was the first step for Dora Leahy towards a career as a medical scientist.
Matthew Prouse wanted a career where he could go to work each day and, as he explains, "learn about life and expand my understanding of the world."
“As far as getting a future-proof field to work in, you couldn’t do much better than biochemistry.”
“I have absolutely no regrets about studying biochemistry and encourage you to take it on.”
“I absolutely loved learning how biochemistry could work with other disciplines, and how it is right on the forefront of scientific innovation..."
Monica Singh knows first hand the range of jobs a Biochemistry degree opens up.
Ask Gemma Dickson about one of the most interesting biochemistry classes she's taken, and she'll tell you about the time she found a never-before-discovered transposable element in a Candida albicans sample.
Coming to Otago for its "world-class reputation" and the "scarfie experience," Jessica chose to study a wide range of science papers in her first year and go from there.
“The Biochemistry staff were really enthusiastic and willing to take time out to talk. The labs and courses were well organised and the subjects were interesting and diverse, setting me up for many potential directions later on.”
Asked to describe his overall impression of his PhD journey, Paul Johnston gives a one-word answer, “Long.”
Dr Jade Hollis-Moffatt is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry Department, investigating why 10 to 15 per cent of Maori and Pacific Island men develop gout.
He is hoping to live the dream of all Antarctic researchers and take a rare trip to the icy continent...
Could the humble aspirin be effective in the fight against breast cancer?
Damian Camp, Chief executive officer of Ovita, is an ideal example of where mixing science and business can take you.