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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).

Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

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Friday, 20 December 2019

A remarkable 5000-year-old skeleton suggests human dwarfism was both accepted and respected in life and death in ancient China, research by a University of Otago bio-archaeologist shows.

Otago Biochemistry celebrates 2019

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Thursday, 19 December 2019

On Wednesday afternoon, Otago biochemists assembled at the Alhambra Union Rugby Football Club to celebrate the many successes of 2019, drown the memories of failed experiments, and to thank the many people who work so hard to support the Otago Department of Biochemistry and its students.

Flowers in memory of donors


Thursday, 19 December 2019

Staff from the department's Clinical Anatomy Research Group today lay flowers in memory of those who have donated their body to the Department for medical science teaching and research.

Otago Biochemistry graduation party December 2019

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Crowds of graduands and their families descended on the Otago Department of Biochemistry this week to celebrate the completion of degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences and Applied Sciences.

Otago researchers discover new viral strategy to escape detection

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

University of Otago researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based on viruses and provide a significant advance in biological knowledge.

The 2019 Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration

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Friday, 29 November 2019

As the Dunedin heat built up last Friday, many scientists were found to be sheltering from the unusual weather conditions in the cool comfort of the Fullwood Room, in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration is held every two years, and encourages researchers from the two departments to meet en masse, prising themselves out of their labs to share their research stories and find out what is happening in the building next door.

Passion for staff wellbeing recognised


Thursday, 24 October 2019

The mental health and wellbeing of those around her is important to Rachel Kinnaird.  Her dedication and commitment to provide a healthy work environment for her team and raise awareness of positive wellbeing within the Department of Anatomy has seen her awarded the University of Otago Excellence Award in Health and Safety (Individual) for 2019.

Biochem helps bring Being Brainy to Central Otago

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Monday, 21 October 2019

Children in Central Otago learned about the wonders of the human brain earlier this month, thanks to an initiative by Brain Research New Zealand, and volunteers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.