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HRC grant awarded to use viral proteins to fight bacteria


Thursday 25 May 2023

The Health Research Council have just funded a team of Otago Biochemistry researchers to develop a promising new way to treat drug-resistant 'superbugs' by using weapons from the enemies of bacteria in the ‘wild’: naturally-occurring viruses that attack and kill bacteria, known as ‘bacterial eaters’ or bacteriophages.

May graduation celebrations


Thursday 18 May 2023

Congratulations to all former Biochemistry students graduating this month! Tino pai rawa atu! The department had an informal graduation event on Saturday morning for graduands and their families.

Lawrence cemetery project draws to a close

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Wednesday 19 April 2023

The remains of 34 unknown early settlers, who have helped further shape the picture of life on Otago’s goldfields, will be laid to rest again this weekend.

Significant step in fight against drug resistance in TB

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Thursday 6 April 2023

University of Otago researchers have discovered new ways to treat antibiotic-resistant strains of  tuberculosis (TB), opening the door to new approaches for tackling the disease that kills about 4,000 people a day.

Molecular magic at Science Wānanga

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Tuesday 4 April 2023

Biochemistry staff and students and Rangatahi Māori (Māori youth) from across Ōtepoti Dunedin attended ‘Tuia i Hawaiki, tuia i te Uru - Science Wānanga’ held at the Araiteuru Marae recently.

Genetics, embryos and an axolotl called Sir Axolot: Meet Otago Biochemistry’s new HOD

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Wednesday 15 February 2023

Professor Peter Dearden started his new job as head of the Department of Biochemistry at the beginning of February. You may already know him through his research into the genetics of insect development, especially bees. But we thought you’d like learn more about our new boss by way of a quick question and answer session...

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


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


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


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


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.

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