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Otago Micro and Nanoscale Imaging News and events

Chaffer Fellow will share advanced microscopy techniques

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Chaffer Fellow, Dr Kelly Rogers, will deliver lectures on advanced microscopy techniques, a research seminar about her latest work, and a workshop on image analysis, to staff and students at the University of Otago.

Early immune response research wins Otago Spotlight Award

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Brin Ryder, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, won the Otago Spotlight student poster competition. As one of five finalists he presented his work, on early immune response, to a large audience at the Infectious Disease research forum in Wellington, and gained first place from the judges.

New product for dental treatment

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

OMNI staff have assisted researchers to explore an exciting new product which may reduce costs for some dental treatments.

Advanced EELS and TEM camera technology presentation

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Dr Zibin Chen introduces advanced Electron Energy-loss Spectroscopy (EELS), Dual EELS and Counting EELS with detailed application examples. An update on latest TEM camera technology will cover aspects of structural biology, sensitive material imaging and in-situ experiments.

Nobel Prize winner visits

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Otago Bulletin Board captured the visit of Dr Alasdair McDowell, along with his Nobel Prize medal, to OMINI Electron Microscopy. Staff and students enjoyed hearing about his experiences, as well as posing for photos with the medal!

Protein crystals key to glow

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Japanese Firefly Squid have a unique ability to generate their own light-producing protein crystals. Dr Miriam Sharpe says these naturally occurring protein crystals provide a new avenue for investigating bioluminescence.

Atomic force microscopy workshop

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Register now for a hands-on workshop on atomic force microscopy for biomedical sciences, 26 February to 2 March 2018 at our confocal microscopy facilities.

Diabetic heart disease breakthrough

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Monday, 29 January 2018

The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.

Deep ocean volcanic eruption changes thinking


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

In 2012 a gigantic pumice raft was detected floating in the ocean near New Zealand, indicating a submarine volcanic eruption had occurred. This was the first eruption of silica-rich magma where scientists could test the existing theories about undersea eruptions being suppressed by water pressure.

Gene-silencing mechanism may have activation abilities

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Dr Anuruddha Chatterjee has received a Marsden Fast Start Grant to explore a potential opposing ability of DNA methylation, traditionally considered a gene-silencing mechanism. He will explore its potential for gene activation.

Difficult-to-cure malaria target for research

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Plasmodium vivax is the most widely distributed and difficult to cure form of human malaria. New research aims to  identify the specific blood cell receptors and corresponding parasite proteins used by this disease.

Humble bacteria shine light on gene editing

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Associate Professor Peter Fineran, Mircobiology and Immunology, is investigating the regulation of the CRISPR-Cas bacterial immune systems, which could have far-reaching implications for bacterial evolution and antibiotic resistance.