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Master's 'challenging and rewarding'


Friday 20 May 2022

Graduating in absentia can be hard for any student wanting to celebrate but for Madeline McIntyre, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Biochemistry Graduation function


Tuesday 17 May 2022

On Saturday 14th May the Department of Biochemistry celebrated Otago's 2022 May graduation ceremony with a social function for graduates and their families.

Scientist and DJ graduates with PhD 


Tuesday 10 May 2022

Passionate muso and dedicated scientist Katie Peppercorn shares her PhD journey and why it is important to be more than a ‘one-trick pony’. 

Academic awards for 2021

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Monday 2 May 2022

The 2021 Biochemistry academic awards were won by Theresa Matheson-Grant, Anita Lu, Flynn Kelly, Louise Walker, and Rhiannon Adams

Dr Latika Samalia's teaching excellence recognised


Friday 22 April 2022

Dr Latika Samalia was presented with the korowai Rauaroha to formally acknowledge the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award of the 2021 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

Raising awareness of endometriosis


Thursday 31 March 2022

As part of highlighting Endometriosis Awareness Month, Associate Professor Jane Girling from the Department of Anatomy shares why more people need to be aware of endometriosis as well as what brought her to this field of research.  

Hormone found to regulate mothers’ behaviour

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Monday 21 February 2022

University of Otago researchers have discovered a new function for the hormone prolactin – it limits a new mum’s investment in aggressive behaviour and instead focusses them on interacting with their babies.

Members of Microbiology: Meet Emma Voss


Saturday 15 January 2022

From half marathons to microbiomes, PhD candidate Emma Voss is no quitter when it comes to achieving both her personal fitness goals and professional academic goals.

Otago Biochemistry Marsdens 2021 – Nathan’s resilient mussels

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Wednesday 8 December 2021

Four research projects in the Biochemistry Department received prestigious Marsden funding this year. We introduce the projects in a series of brief reports.
Dr Nathan Kenny (Ngāi Tahu and Te Ātiawa) joined the Biochemistry Department this year as a Rutherford Research Fellow, and has been awarded $360,000 of Marsden funding over three years to investigate why some green lipped mussels are more resilient than others.

Otago Biochemistry Marsdens 2021 – Steph and Indranil link RNA with brain disease

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Tuesday 30 November 2021

Four research projects in the Biochemistry Department received prestigious Marsden funding this year. We introduce the projects in a series of brief reports.
Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes and Research Fellow Dr Indranil Basak spend a decent chunk of their time trying to understand how brain diseases work. A lot of their focus has been on a part of the cell called the lysosome.

Otago Biochemistry Marsdens 2021 – Peter and his flexible degradation machine

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Friday 26 November 2021

Four research projects in the Biochemistry Department this year received prestigious Marsden funding. We introduce the projects in a series of brief reports. Associate Professor Peter Mace is fascinated by proteins – the micromachines inside our cells that do everything we need to be alive. He is particularly interested in how proteins are tagged to be destroyed or ‘degraded’, and how cells use this to control proteins and the things they do.

2021 Otago Biochemistry MSc talks

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Friday 12 November 2021

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

Researchers pinpoint cause of fatigue during pregnancy

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Pregnant women now have a scientific reason for skipping the gym during pregnancy;  the same hormone gearing up the body for breastfeeding is also telling the brain to relax rather than run.

Otago Biochemistry welcomes Dr Nathan Kenny

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Friday 17 September 2021

Haere mai Dr Nathan Kenny! Nathan joined Otago Biochemistry last week as a brand new lecturer and research group leader. His plans include researching resilience in kuku, green-lipped mussels, in a project supported by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

The secret to teaching is fun

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

In a laboratory full of human cadavers, Anatomy Lecturer Dr Latika Samalia will sense when it’s time to tell one of her stories.