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Record graduation numbers for COVID cohort

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Wednesday 21 December 2022

Congratulations to all former biochemistry students graduating this month! Tino pai rawa atu! The Department is particularly thrilled to see a record number of PhD completions this year, despite the challenges that this cohort has faced with the COVID pandemic. Sixteen former PhD students graduated this year, 10 of them in December.

Graduate battles wasps and more to gain PhD

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Friday 16 December 2022

Along with nine other graduands from the Department of Biochemistry, Gemma McLaughlin graduates with her PhD this week. But the journey that Gemma took to get to this point turned out to be very different to the one she thought she would take when she started her PhD study.

The Diermeier Lab has three PhDs graduating this week!

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Friday 16 December 2022

Dr Sarah Diermeier leads a highly successful group in the Department of Biochemistry that carries out research into cancer and RNA biology. Three former students from Sarah’s research group graduate with their PhDs this week.

Otago Biochemistry End-of-Year Shindig 2022

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Friday 16 December 2022

Scientists, students and professional staff flocked to Biochemistry’s BIG13 (ground floor seminar room) to celebrate the achievements of the past year, forget their frustrations, and to gorge on strawberries during the Department’s annual end of year party.

2022 BMS Staff End of Year Function and Awards

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Monday 12 December 2022

Staff from across the School of Biomedical Sciences gathered last week to celebrate the achievements of the past year and find out who won the teaching and research awards for 2022.

2022 MSc Research Presentations

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Monday 14 November 2022

In a series of four lunchtime sessions held over the past few weeks, Otago Biochemistry Master’s degree students have been presenting their research project progress to assembled members of the Department of Biochemistry.

Undergrad students inspire future biochemists at high schools

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Wednesday 26 October 2022

It is not an easy thing to keep a class of high school students quiet and attentive for 20 minutes. Our 300-level students have recently been sharing their enthusiasm for biochemistry with high school students throughout Dunedin as part of their their second semester assessments.

Promotion to Professor for statistical genomics specialist

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Tuesday 18 October 2022

Congratulations to our own Michael Black who this year was promoted to Professor on the back of a stellar academic career bringing statistics to biomolecular research. Mik's focus is on using statistics and computational tools to wrangle the huge datasets integral to modern biomolecular research, mainly applied to human diseases such as cancer, but also in agricultural and horticultural research. His ability to form strong collaborations with researchers across many disciplines and places underpins his research success.

Mingling with Nobel Prize winners

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Tuesday 20 September 2022

Mingling with Nobel Prize winners and connecting with hundreds of other young scientists from around the world is on the cards for two Otago students.

PhD candidate Jordon Lima on reclaiming te reo Māori

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Wednesday 14 September 2022

PhD candidate Jordon Lima believes that learning te reo Māori enables her and her whānau to reclaim and restore more than just their language, but also their culture, tikanga and Māori way of thinking.

Bringing peace to his country

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Tuesday 30 August 2022

Lived experience is contributing in a very real way to one University of Otago student’s studies.

46th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society

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Monday 29 August 2022

Last week the Department celebrated the hard work of our fourth year students at the 46th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society.
At this meeting, every fourth year student - including those studying for Honours and Master’s degrees - presents the research they have been working on in labs across the Department throughout the year. This is generally the first experience that these students have in a real academic research lab.

Challenges overcome to achieve doctorate

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Thursday 18 August 2022

School of Biomedical Sciences researcher Jamie Manning is proud to have overcome several challenges to become the first member of his family to gain a PhD.

Members of Microbiology: Meet Olivia Paxie

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Friday 12 August 2022

A sick grandfather, a love of science and a surprising discovery all played a part in PhD candidate Olivia Paxie’s journey from first-year health sciences to doctoral research.

DNA reveals history of Aotearoa’s manu

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Thursday 11 August 2022

Previously shrouded in mystery, the evolutionary history of kōkako, huia, and tīeke saddlebacks have been revealed by a University of Otago study.

Funding success for cancer research at Otago Biochemistry

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Monday 18 July 2022

Two research proposals from the Biochemistry Department have made it through the highly competitive NZ HRC project funding application round this year.

Both projects aim to help improve cancer treatments using knowledge of biomolecules, but each uses a different approach. One uses the ability to catalogue the thousands of RNA molecules present in a single cell, and the other looks at just a few protein molecules, but in intricate detail.

Rhiannon Adams wins Marjorie McCallum MSc scholarship.

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Friday 15 July 2022

Rhiannon Adams, who last year won the The Mervyn Smith Prize for the student with the highest level of attainment in biochemistry in the first year MSc class, has been awarded the Marjorie McCallum MSc scholarship for 2022.

Biomedical researchers awarded HRC grants

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Friday 8 July 2022

Investigating how to prevent heart disease and treat diabetes so people do not lose limbs are the focus of two School of Biomedical Sciences academics who received HRC Explorer Grants.

Follow the glow

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Monday 23 May 2022

The fascinating story of Professor Kurt Krause's research career, from fistfights and infectious diseases to crystals and glowworms

Master's 'challenging and rewarding'

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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.

Engineering led to PhD in biochemistry

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Thursday 19 May 2022

Charles Shaw shares how his background in mechanical engineering not only led to his PhD in Biochemistry, but also complemented his research.

Biochemistry Graduation function

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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.

Graduate an 'exceptional achiever'

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Tuesday 10 May 2022

Hamish Aitken-Buck graduates this month with a PhD in Physiology as well as many other accolades that give testimony to his successes at the School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Scientist and DJ graduates with PhD 

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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’.