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Food peels pure science for new PhD graduate

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Some people turn their fruit and vege peels into compost. Some turn them into garbage. But new University of Otago PhD graduate Dr Risha Jasmine Nathan has spent the last three and a half years learning how to turn those peels into purifiers.

Outstanding Otago Biochemistry student researchers win scholarships

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Two students studying at Otago Biochemistry have recently received scholarships to support their postgraduate research – one can now pursue a PhD in the USA, and the other will be supported while they add a year of research to their medical education.

Retirement with a twist for extolled Professor


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Not everyone approaches retirement the same way. As Division of Health Sciences Communications Adviser Craig Borley discovers, for newly appointed Emeritus Professor Warren Tate, retirement is a term that speaks more about gradual change than an abrupt cessation of work.

Welcome for Biochemistry Majors

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Thursday, 23 July 2020

The Otago Biochemistry Department welcomed students starting their biochemistry journey this week with an informal lunchtime function in the newly refitted department seminar room.

Warren Tate becomes Emeritus Professor

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The 1st of July 2020 marked a significant milestone in the career of Warren Tate as he took up his new position in the Department, as Emeritus Professor.

Grant successes strengthen research into neurodegenerative diseases at Otago Biochemistry

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Monday, 6 July 2020

Thanks to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, two new research projects investigating neurodegenerative diseases will go ahead this year in the Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal disease laboratory at Otago Biochemistry.

HRC funding to help understand how our cells respond to invasion by viruses

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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Otago Biochemists Professor Catherine Day and Dr Adam Middleton have secured $1.2 million for a new research project looking into the details of how we defend ourselves against invading viruses.

Ivy League beckons for young Otago scholar


Thursday, 4 June 2020

From a 10-child family in Whanganui to the fabled corridors of New York’s Ivy League Columbia University – it’s been a remarkable journey for Tom Devine.

Secrets of sewage studied for COVID-19


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Detecting the presence of COVID-19 in sewage could become an important tool to monitor the virus and help uncover pockets of infection.

University of Otago lab unravelling COVID-19

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

A high-security Physical Containment Laboratory (PC3) at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is undertaking research to isolate and grow SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, with samples taken from infected individuals.

Science under lockdown

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Despite the lockdown and the scramble to get the Department’s teaching online, Otago Biochemistry research teams are continuing their science…

Work continues during Covid-19 lockdown!


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Lectures will continue online after a one-week break, as Otago Department of Biochemistry staff work from home during the Level 4 Covid-19 alert.

Covid-19 contingency planning

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Department of Biochemistry is busy planning for teaching to continue during any disruption of the university due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Brain Awareness Week begins


Friday, 6 March 2020

Brain Awareness Week starts this weekend. Otago’s very own Brain Health Research Centre brings research together from across departments, and during Brain Awareness Week there are many opportunities to get involved and learn more.

Academic awards for 2019 Biochemistry students

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The Otago Department of Biochemistry is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 student academic awards: Jennifer Palmer (300-level Edson Prize), Helena Cooper (400-level Edson Prize), Sarah Robinson and Jasper Struwig (joint winners, Petersen Prize), Shannon White (Mervyn Smith Prize).