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Celebration of research at the School of Biomedical Sciences Symposium

Tuesday 4 June 2019 12:52pm

Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry had a great time sharing their research with the rest of the Otago School of Biomedical Sciences last week at the annual BMS Postgraduate Symposium held at the Otago Museum.

The Symposium kicked off on Monday evening with a keynote talk by Dr Sam Bannister (University of Sydney) on drug design, followed by the poster viewing. The meeting then continued throughout Tuesday with talks spanning the amazing variety of research that the School produces.

A memorable highlight was a performance by He Waka Kōtuia, the King's and Queen's High Schools’ Kapa Haka group, whose waiata and haka thrilled an audience usually accustomed to quieter presentations.

Biochemistry students presented five talks and thirteen posters on a range of different research projects, including the genetics of BMI and cholesterol metabolism, CRISPR-Cas in pathogenic bacteria, the mechanistic details of signaling inside cells, and finding new drugs to treat gastric cancer.

Congratulations to Anezka Hoskin who placed third in the 10 min talk category, and Tom Brew who placed second in the poster competition.

Thanks to Katie Peppercorn, Anezka Hoskin and the rest of the BMS Postgraduate Student Committee Members for organising this great event.

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Photos from the Symposium. Clockwise from top left: Jaye Moors; Andrej Paluda; He Waka Kōtuia; Tom Brew and Anezka Hoskin; Anezka and Katie Peppercorn.