Otago Biochemistry in the news

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  • Clean sweep of NZSBMB poster prizes for Biochemistry
  • 07/07/2017
  • NZSBMBwinners
    PhD student Priya Philem took out the first prize in the NZSBMB student poster competition at the combined Genetics Society of Australasia and New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference held in Dunedin this week. The judges couldn't decide between the posters of Astra Heywood, Chun Shen Lim, and Joshua Gilligan, so they were awarded second equal placing. Read more »
  • Dr Wayne Patrick gives award lecture.
  • 05/07/2017
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    Dr. Wayne Patrick is the winner of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2017 Custom Science Award For Research Excellence. He is giving his award lecture today at the Society's annual conference. Read more »
  • Three HRC grants
  • 15/06/2017
  • ParryCatherineIain
    Biochemistry staff have been awarded three Health Research Council grants totaling over seven million dollars in the most recent funding round. Read more »
  • New findings on Māori and Pacific Island gout genetics
  • 25/05/2017
  • TonyMerrimanIPL
    In a new study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, Professor Tony Merriman and his international research team have identified gene variants that contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout. Read more »
  • Dr Peter Mace publishes important new research
  • 13/03/2017
  • PeterMaceRockImager
    Dr Peter Mace appeared in the Otago Daily Times recently, after having published a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper elucidates the mechanism of action of the protein ASK1, which is involved in diseases such as Parkinson's disease, gastric cancer and melanoma. ASK1 is an excellent candidate as a drug target. Read more »
  • Lab in a Box III
  • 22/02/2017
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    Professor Peter Dearden's "Lab in a Box" mobile science laboratory has won a $110,000 grant from the "Unlocking Curious Minds" fund. Lab in a Box III will take the mobile laboratory to North Island rural schools and communities. Read more »
  • Hanns Möhler Doctoral Scholarship
  • 22/02/2017
  • HannahBest
    Hannah Best, who is a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr Stephanie Hughes, has been awarded the 2017 Roche Hanns Möhler Doctoral Scholarship to continue her work on Batten Disease. Read more »
  • Hands On at Otago
  • 20/01/2017
  • HOS2017
    This week the Department of Biochemistry has been hosting the Biochemistry option of the Hands On @ Otago holiday programme for high school students. Read more »
  • Biochemistry Student Paper Awards
  • 18/01/2017
  • BenPeters2
    The annual student paper awards were presented at our Christmas function in December. Ben Peters from Dr Lynette Brownfield's lab won first place for his paper A cis-regulatory module in the transcription factor DUO1 promoter published in  Plant Physiology in November 2016. Read more »
  • Biochemistry Prizes 2016
  • 21/12/2016
  • AdolphCurryChalmers
    The recipients of the 2016 Biochemistry student awards are: Cicely Barron and Anna Bergin, Edson Prize in Biochemistry (300-level); Cara Adolph, Edson Prize in Biochemistry (400-level); James Chalmers, George Petersen Prize in Biochemistry; Jack Curry, Mervyn Smith Prize in Biochemistry Read more »
  • Kauri dieback funding for Dr Gerth
  • 21/12/2016
  • MonicaGerthNews
    Dr Monica Gerth has received funding from the The National Science Challenge for NZ’s Biological Heritage for her research into the attraction/infection mechanism of Kauri dieback disease. Read more »
  • Graduation function
  • 19/12/2016
  • MonikaMartina
    Over thirty Biochemistry and Genetics students, with their families, attended a very successful graduation function at the weekend. Two students, Monika Sharma and Martina Foglizzo, graduated with PhDs. Read more »
  • Biochemistry win BMS awards
  • 15/12/2016
  • BMSPrizes
    Last night five Biochemistry staff won major awards at the annual School of Biomedical Sciences (formerly Otago School of Medical Sciences) awards presentation. Read more »
  • Poster prize in Free Radical Research
  • 14/12/2016
  • JamesMarshall
    James Marshall (PhD student with Dr Liz Ledgerwood) won a poster prize at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research (Australasia) held at Griffith University on the Gold Coast last week. Read more »
  • Parry Guilford HRC appointment
  • 20/10/2016
  • ParryNewsWide
    It was announced this week that Professor Parry Guilford has been appointed to the Health Research Council Board. Parry was also appointed to the National Science Board in December 2014 for a three year term.  Read more »
  • Teaching Awards for Biochemistry
  • 22/09/2016
  • AnnikaAndTony
    Dr Annika Bokor was awarded the Otago Univeristy Students Association Best Teacher Award at a ceremony last night, and Tony Zaharic won the OUSA disability awareness and inclusive teaching award. Read more »
  • Innovative Science Speaking Award
  • 19/09/2016
  • Chisnall3MinuteThesis
    The Innovative Science Award at the recent Agriculture at Otago and AbacusBio three minute thesis competition was awarded to Department of Biochemistry PhD student Matthew Chisnall. Matthew works with Associate Professor Richard Macknight, and his thesis talk was titled 'The Regulation of Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Levels in Plants'. Read more »
  • Professor Krause on antibacterial soap
  • 07/09/2016
  • KurtODT
    Professor Kurt Krause was in the Otago Daily Times today, talking about the USA's FDA ban on 19 active ingredients found in household antibacterial products. Professor Krause agrees with the ban, and said he had been surprised at how quickly the use of these products had grown. Read more »
  • Prof Parry Guilford in cancer breakthrough
  • 16/08/2016
  • ParryNewsWide
    Professor Parry Guilford's recent work has been profiled in both the Otago Daily Times (print front page, 15.8.16) and the New Zealand Herald. Prof Guilford and his team have discovered a way to detect very early bladder cancer, and hope to translate this work to commercial diagnostic tests for this and other cancers. Read more »
  • Prof Dearden on BBC Radio 4 - bees
  • 05/08/2016
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    The work of Professor Peter Dearden and Drs Elizabeth Duncan and Otto Hyink has been profiled on BBC Radio 4's "Inside Science" programme. They have recently published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature Communications on the molecular mechanism by which queen honeybees control worker bees’ fertility. Read more »
  • Prof Tony Merriman comments on "obesity gene"
  • 29/07/2016
  • TonyMerrimanIPL
    Professors Tony Merriman (Biochemistry) and Dave Grattan (Anatomy) were featured in the Otago Daily Times yesterday commenting on the discovery of a gene which is a contributing factor to obesity in people living in Samoa. Read more »
  • Community outreach
  • 19/07/2016
    Over the semester break the Department of Biochemistry has taken the opportunity to be involved in community outreach activities. Read more »
  • Proof of Concept Grant winners
  • 20/06/2016
  • MaceMacknightTaiaroa
    Congratulations to PhD student George Taiaroa, his supervisor Associate Professor Richard Macknight, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Peter Mace, who have won the 2016 Otago Innovation Ltd Proof of Concept Grant. Read more »
  • HRC programme funding success
  • 15/06/2016
  • StephCliffetc
    Professor Warren Tate and Dr Stephanie Hughes are part of a multidisciplinary team who have been awarded a $5M programme grant from the Health Research Council. Read more »
  • Biochemistry staff on Our Changing World
  • 10/06/2016
  • fullThegenomesequencinglabattheUniversityofOtagophotoAlisonBallance
    Last night RNZ National's "Our Changing World" aired the story "Genome sequencing - a how-to-guide" featuring Professor Peter Dearden, Associate Professor Mik Black, Dr Becky Laurie, and Dr Aaron Jeffs. Read more »
  • Early Career Award for Dr Peter Mace
  • 10/06/2016
  • PeterMaceRockImager
    Senior Research Fellow Dr Peter Mace has been awarded an Early Career Award for Distinction in Research by the University. Peter completed both undergraduate and PhD studies in Biochemistry here, followed by a  Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego, California. Read more »
  • HRC award for Professor Warren Tate
  • 09/06/2016
  • WarrenEmmaRichieSuetonia
    Department of Biochemistry Professor Warren Tate was one of four Otago researchers to receive awards from the Health Research Council for outstanding contributions to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last night. Dr Emma Wyeth is also a graduate of this department.  Read more »
  • Two Awards for PhD student Monika Sharma
  • 09/06/2016
  • Monika Award
    Congratulations to Monika Sharma, a PhD student with Professor Sally McCormick, who has won two "Best Young Investigator Presentation" awards at the recent European Atherosclerosis Society meeting and associated Lp(a) satellite meeting in Innsbruck, Austria. Read more »
  • Relationship agreement with Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou
  • 02/06/2016
  • CatherineDonnaSigning
    Today saw the long awaited signing of a relationship agreement between Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou and the Department of Biochemistry. Donna Matahaere-Atariki (chairperson) signed on behalf of the Rūnanga, and Catherine Day on behalf of the Department. Read more »
  • Community led cancer research
  • 31/05/2016
  • ParryChildCancer
    On Saturday night TV One news carried a story on new childhood cancer charity REACH, started by four mothers of children with cancer. REACH aims to raise funds to help Professor Parry Guilford's research on childhood cancers. Read more »
  • NZSBMB Travel Grants
  • 16/05/2016
  • Mnika Allison Danni
    Three of the four travel grants recently awarded by the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology went to Otago Biochemistry students. Read more »
  • Biochemistry funding success
  • 13/05/2016
  • LuciSigurdLizCushla
    Four projects in the Department of Biochemistry were successful in the latest round of Lotteries Health funding, and Professor Peter Dearden won $137,821 in the Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable Fund. Read more »
  • On the cover of the Biochemical Journal
  • 29/04/2016
  • SinothaiBiochemJ cover
    The work Sinothai Poen published as part of his recent PhD has been chosen as the cover of the journal Biochemical Journal this month. Sinothai did his PhD with Professor Kurt Krause, and has since returned to Thailand to take up a lecturing position. Read more »
  • Professor Tate and Alzheimer's in ODT
  • 07/04/2016
  • TateWilliamsAbrahams
    Today the Otago Daily Times featured an article on the discovery of a possible blood test for early detection of Alzheimer's disease, by Professors Warren Tate (Biochemistry) and Cliff Abrahams (Psychology), and Dr Joanna Williams (Anatomy). Read more »
  • Dr Chris Brown on Our Changing World
  • 16/03/2016
  • fourcolCortinariusporphyroideuspurplepouchfungusphotoUniversityofOtago
    Dr Chris Brown was on Our Changing World on the 8th March, along with Drs David Orlovich and Tina Summerfield  from the Botany Department. They were discussing their work on truffle-like fungi - mushrooms that have evolved a more truffle-like appearance, independently of each other. Read more »
  • SING Aotearoa workshop
  • 02/02/2016
  • SING
    Biochemistry staff had another opportunity to contribute to the wider community this summer break with the first SING Aotearoa programme being held at Otago from the 24th - 29th January 2016. Read more »
  • Hands On @ Otago
  • 01/02/2016
  • Loading an agarose gel with DNA
    Secondary School students from around New Zealand recently spent a week at Otago University getting hands on experience in a number of the disciplines taught here. The students who chose Biochemistry spent their time in the Department laboratories learning about the Central Dogma of molecular biology (how the information stored in DNA is transmitted and expressed in cells). Read more »
  • Professor Krause comments on vaccine purchase
  • 14/01/2016
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    Last weekend Professor Kurt Krause was quoted in the Sunday Star Times on the New Zealand government's purchase of 300,000 doses of H5N1 influenza vaccine. "… nobody knows for sure if the vaccines will work on every strain but they're the best bet we have right now." Read more »
  • Josh Wright wins student paper award
  • 18/12/2015
  • Josh
    Last night at our Departmental Christmas function Josh Wright was awarded the department's 2015 Best Student Paper Award for his paper "Secondary ubiquitin-RING docking enhances Arkadia and Ark2C E3 ligase activity." recently published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology Read more »
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