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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.

Members of Microbiology: Meet Cecilia Wang 

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Thursday 16 September 2021

While completing her final year in the Department of Microbiology, PhD candidate Cecilia Wang took the time to share her research on agricultural microbiomes and what brought her to the University of Otago.

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.

$1.2 m for research into stomach cancer drug delivery

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Thursday 26 August 2021

Professor Parry Guilford and the Cancer Genetics Laboratory have been looking for a drug treatment that will inhibit the growth of inherited stomach cancer. Part of this search will now be developing a system that will deliver chemotherapy directly to tumours growing in the stomach.

2021 Otago School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium

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Thursday 29 July 2021

From biofilms to breast cancer and connective tissue to kākāpō, the annual Otago School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium once again showcased the diversity and quality of research carried out by postgraduate students in the school. And the Department of Biochemistry, as one of the five member departments of the school, contributed its fair share of the research on display.

Professional Practice Fellow Kaye Wilson Retires

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Tuesday 27 July 2021

Kaye Wilson, who has been Teaching Fellow and Professional PracticeFellow in the Department of Biochemistry for 27 years, retired on Friday the 9th July. The occasion was marked by a morning tea and dinner.

Obituary: Emeritus Professor G. B. Petersen

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Friday 23 July 2021

Emeritus Professor George Bouet Petersen, ONZM FRSNZ, died in hospital on 11 July 2021, aged 87. Professor Petersen was born in Palmerston North in 1933. He graduated from the University of Otago in 1956 with an MSc followed by a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He was appointed to the Chair in Biochemistry at Otago in 1968 and remained Head of Department until 1991, retiring in 1999.

Welcome to the enormous world of Microbiology 

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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Every year, while university students are enjoying their mid-year break, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology labs become a place of discovery for Year 11 biology and science students.

International Science Festival Expo 2021

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Tuesday 13 July 2021

For most of the past weekend, enthusiastic biochemists and geneticists from Otago University were working flat-out introducing passers-by to the science of the molecules that make up our cells.

Male hormones accelerate DNA ageing

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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Most of us are familiar with the fact that women live longer than men. But have you ever thought about why and how this happens?

Celebrating our graduate success


Monday 10 May 2021

Graduates with degrees majoring in Biochemistry or Genetics were invited to a gathering on Saturday to celebrate their achievements.

2021 Jan Anderson awards announced

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Thursday 29 April 2021

Ella Redmond and Nicole Thomson are the joint winners of the 2020 Jean Mary (Jan) Anderson Awards in Plant Science.