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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.

Repatriation ceremony 'important part of healing process'


Tuesday 26 July 2022

Acknowledging and apologising for the past at a hokomaurahiri (repatriation ceremony) of Kōimi T’chakat Moriori (Moriori skeletal remains) was an important part of the healing process, the University of Otago’s representative at the ceremony says.

Funding success for cancer research at Otago Biochemistry


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


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.

Portrait honours renowned scientist Dr Leopold Kirschner


Thursday 9 June 2022

A portrait of the late, internationally recognised leptospirosis researcher and survivor of both World Wars, Dr Leopold Kirschner, has been unveiled at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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'


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


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


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'


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 


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’. 

Academic awards for 2021

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Monday 2 May 2022

The 2021 Biochemistry academic awards were won by Theresa Matheson-Grant, Anita Lu, Flynn Kelly, Louise Walker, and Rhiannon Adams

Dr Latika Samalia's teaching excellence recognised


Friday 22 April 2022

Dr Latika Samalia was presented with the korowai Rauaroha to formally acknowledge the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award of the 2021 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

Raising awareness of endometriosis


Thursday 31 March 2022

As part of highlighting Endometriosis Awareness Month, Associate Professor Jane Girling from the Department of Anatomy shares why more people need to be aware of endometriosis as well as what brought her to this field of research.  

Hormone found to regulate mothers’ behaviour

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Monday 21 February 2022

University of Otago researchers have discovered a new function for the hormone prolactin – it limits a new mum’s investment in aggressive behaviour and instead focusses them on interacting with their babies.

Balancing motherhood and a career in science


Friday 11 February 2022

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science and we celebrate the journey of Dr Rosie Brown, a respected senior lecturer and Sir Charles Hercus Research HRC Fellow  in the Department of Physiology and mother of three.

Members of Microbiology: Meet Emma Voss


Saturday 15 January 2022

From half marathons to microbiomes, PhD candidate Emma Voss is no quitter when it comes to achieving both her personal fitness goals and professional academic goals.

Dr Sharon Ladyman’s research on 'keeping mums cool'


Friday 14 January 2022

Senior Research Fellow Dr Sharon Ladyman is elated to have received $939, 000 in Marsden Grant funding from the NZ Royal Society/Te Apārangi to pursue her research on how body temperature is regulated during pregnancy.

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.