The Department undertakes internationally-renowned research in pathology and biomedical science. This underpins our award winning teaching of postgraduate research students and undergraduate medical students at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus.
PhD, master's and honours opportunities
We welcome enquiries from enthusiastic and highly-motivated students with medical or biomedical science backgrounds. Our PhD, master's and honours programmes provide hands on research experience that will prepare you for a career in research, diagnostics or biotechnology.
Research in pathology and biomedical science
We have eight independent research groups within the department, each with a different biomedical focus:
- Centre for Free Radical Research
- Gene Structure and Function Laboratory
- Haematology Research Group
- The Infection Group
- Inflammation Research Group
- Liver Sieve Research Group
- Mackenzie Cancer Research Group
- Nutrition in Medicine Research Group
Members of these research groups are also involved with the following research centres and networks as directors or principal investigators:
- Biostatistics and Computational Biology Unit
- Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre
- Carney Centre for Pharmacogenomics
- One Health Aotearoa
The Department won the University’s Postgraduate Research Culture Excellence Award in 2018.
The Department hosts Prof Christine Winterbourn, the first woman to receive The Royal Society's Rutherford Medal.
Understanding the role of genetic changes, or mutations, to breast and ovarian cancer risk is the focus of Dr Logan Walker.