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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.

Pacific Island kids explore biochemistry

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Thursday 22 April 2021

This week, a group of Pacific Island children from local intermediate schools visited the Department of Biochemistry as part of Otago University’s Intermediate Pacific Science Holiday Programme.

Otago Biochemistry PhD student wins Freemasons Scholarship

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Monday 12 April 2021

PhD student Megan Taylor has just won the 2021 Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship for Otago students. This scholarship, worth $10,000, is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community involvement by Freemasons New Zealand in conjunction with The Freemasons Charity.

Obituary: Associate Professor R.T.M. Poulter

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Friday 29 January 2021

Our friend and colleague Associate Professor Russell Poulter died suddenly on 11 January while hiking in the Hooker Valley with his family. Russell was an active and passionate researcher right up to the time of his death - which occurred as he was investigating an interesting flower by the side of the track. He is survived by wife and research partner Dr Margi Butler, their daughter Jane Poulter, and son George Taiaroa.

2020 Academic awards announced

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Tuesday 19 January 2021

The 2020 Biochemistry academic prizes were awarded to Jennifer Palmer, Tyler McCourt, Gareth Jones, Janneke Zwager, and Maria Larsen.