The University of Otago, Christchurch, is the base for medical and postgraduate health education, and for health research in the South Island’s major urban centre.
At the Centre for Free Radical Research, based in the Christchurch Campus building, major equipment is available for interdepartmental use on a collaborative research basis.
Equipment enquiries can be made to:
This equipment enables us to identify unknown biological molecules, determine amino acid sequences of peptides as well as molecular masses of proteins. In addition we use the equipment for specific and sensitive measurement of biomarkers in clinical samples for our research into inflammatory diseases.
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
These instruments are used for routine measurement of abundant biological molecules, such as vitamin C and urate, in clinical samples. They are also used to follow consumption of substrates and formation of products in biochemical pathways within cells or for isolated enzymes.
These tools allow us to view cellular processes occurring in real time.
These instruments capture images of proteins within gels for detection or identification of proteins in cells or blood.
Growing live cells and testing them in controllable environments allows us to assess how the cells respond to different levels of oxygen. This work is particularly important in understanding the growth of cancer cells.
The Centre for Free Radical Research has:
- An Agilent stopped-flow spectrophotometer
- A Hitachi U-3900 temperature controlled spectrophotometer
- An Implen Nanophotometer, Nanodrop spectrophotometer
And three ELISA plate readers:
- Varioskan flash
- Polstar galaxy