2015 News Archive

  • Max Wilkinson wins multiple prizes
  • 13/01/2015
  • Congratulations to Max Wilkinson, who has won not only the departmental 400-level Edson Prize in Biochemistry, but also the University's Prince of Wales Prize. The Prince of Wales Prize is the University's premier undergraduate award, given annually to the most outstanding student completing an undergraduate degree. Max is one of three awardees in 2014. Read more >>
  • Prof Krause on Nine to Noon
  • 28/01/2015
  • On Monday Professor Kurt Krause and Karl Rotthier (president of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, Netherlands) spoke to Kathryn Ryan on National Radio's Nine to Noon programme about the rise of antibiotic resistant diseases. Read more >>
  • Cancer Genetics work in the Herald
  • 13/02/2015
  • Professor Parry Guilford's continuing work on hereditary gastric cancer is the subject of an article in both the New Zealand Herald and the Otago Daily Times today. Prof Guilford and overseas collaborators have calculated the precise risk estimates for carriers of the e-Cadherin gene mutation that causes two rare forms of cancer. Read more >>
  • Seminar Report - Dr Logan Walker
  • 16/04/2015
  • JamesMarshall
    As part of their assessment our fourth year students each write a report on one of our weekly seminars and construct a "graphical abstract". Here is the first such report for 2015 Read more >>
  • Dr Wayne Patrick in New Zealand Herald
  • 30/04/2015
  • WayneMatilda
    Yesterday the New Zealand Herald ran an article about Dr Wayne Patrick, his PhD student Matilda Newton, and collaborator Vic Arcus, and their work on enzyme evolution that led to a recently published paper in the UK Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Read more >>
  • Macknight lab on Our Changing World
  • 01/05/2015
  • MacknightLab
    Last night Associate Professor Richard Macknight, with lab members Robyn Lee and Jiffin Khosa, featured on National Radio's "Our Changing World" programme, talking about their work on finding the genes responsible for bulbing in onions. Read more >>
  • Funding and publication success for A/P Mik Black
  • 05/05/2015
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    Associate Professor Mik Black has gained funding of $12,000 from the Paykel Trust for further development of an online tool for analysing cancer genomics data. He and collaborators from Houston have also just had a paper on skin cancer genomics published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics. Read more >>
  • Professor Tate's ME group star in Star
  • 07/05/2015
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    This week's Star newspaper has an article about Professor Warren Tate's Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) research group as part of its ME/CFS awareness feature. Read more >>
  • Lotteries Health success for Biochemistry researchers
  • 11/05/2015
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    Two researchers from the Department of Biochemistry received funding in the latest round of Lotteries Health grants. Dr Augustine Chen was awarded $50,000 towards shared equipment for automated high throughput cell imaging, and Professor Kurt Krause, along with Dr Peter Mace, received almost $80,000 towards an automated protein crystallography incubation and imaging facility. Read more >>
  • HRC funding success for cancer researchers
  • 05/06/2015
  • PeterAnitaParry
    Congratulations to Professor Parry Guilford, Dr Peter Mace and Dr Anita Dunbier, who have received funding in the latest round of Health Research Council grants. Professor  Guilford gets $1,189,286 over three years for his project "The chemoprevention and treatment of diffuse gastric cancer", while Dr Mace and Dr Dunbier will get $1,128,825 over three years for "Role of the Trib1 pseudokinase in breast cancer pathology". Read more >>
  • Dr Anita Dunbier gains breast cancer funding
  • 09/06/2015
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    Dr Anita Dunbier has gained almost $200,000 in funding for her project "Understanding the role of aspirin in breast cancer treatment" from the Breast Cancer Research in New Zealand initiative. This is a joint partnership between Breast Cancer Cure (BCC), The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF), and the Health Research Council (HRC). Read more >>
  • Dr Lynette Brownfield publishes in Nature Communications
  • 18/06/2015
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    Dr Lynette Brownfield has recently published a paper on plant gamete formation in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. Dr Brownfield is one of our more recent academic appointments and her research on plant fertility is a valuable addition to our plant biochemistry group. Read more >>
  • Associate Professor Peter Dearden and new bee pathogen
  • 29/06/2015
  • Bees
    Associate Professor Peter Dearden was featured in NZ Farmer today, discussing the discovery, by Coromandel beekeeper Dr Oksana Borowik and dnature technical director John Mackay, of a parasite (Lotmaria passim) which attacks the intestine of bees and had not been seen before in New Zealand. Read more >>
  • A/P Peter Dearden on RadioNZ
  • 07/07/2015
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    Associate Professor Peter Dearden was on National Radio's Morning Report today, explaining and commenting on new research on ageing that has recently been published by the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Read more >>
  • Student paper warrants commentary in top lipid journal
  • 14/07/2015
  • Monika Sharma2
    A paper by PhD student Monika Sharma published in the July issue of the Journal of Lipid Research was chosen for an associated commentary in the same issue. The paper by Sharma et al. uncovered a novel feature of the cardiovascular risk factor, lipoprotein(a) showing it to be positive regulator of cholesterol efflux, a process associated with protection from heart disease. Read more >>
  • Tanya Flynn on Radio NZ with gout paper
  • 20/08/2015
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    Merriman Lab PhD student Tanya Flynn was interviewed by Jim Mora yesterday afternoon about her work on tomatoes as a trigger of gout attacks. This work has also been highlighted on the University of Otago website. Read more >>
  • $1m from MBIE for A/P Peter Dearden
  • 04/09/2015
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    Associate Professor Peter Dearden has been granted $1,000,000 for phase two of his Selective insecticides project. He was funded just under $1m in 2013 for phase one, and progress has been such that MBIE has continued the funding for another two years. Read more >>
  • QMB Protein Meeting Poster successes
  • 07/09/2015
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    Congratulations to Tom Wiggins, PhD student with Dr Monica Gerth, who won 1st place for his poster at the recent QMB Proteins Meeting (part of QMB Research Week) for his poster “Engineering quorum quenching enzymes to prevent Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation”, and to Danni Maddock, PhD student jointly supervised by Drs Wayne Patrick and Monica Gerth, who received an Honourable Mention for her poster “Cofactor engineering of a clostridial alcohol dehydrogenase leads to unexpected changes in substrate specificity” at the same meeting. Read more >>
  • BioProcessing Network poster prize
  • 23/09/2015
  • BPN Poster
    Dearden lab member Charlotte Pushparajan in the Dearden lab, won the Poster award at the BioProcessing Network Annual Conference 2015, held at Te Papa in Wellington between 21st-22nd September. Charlotte’s poster titled 'Microcarrier-based process for the production of Oryctes nudivirus in DSIR-HA-1179 insect cell cultures in spinner-flask bioreactors'  won a $500 cash prize. Congratulations Charlotte. Read more >>
  • Ben Peters wins award in Melbourne
  • 05/10/2015
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    Ben Peters, a PhD student in the lab of Dr Lynette Brownfield, won the Best Student Presentation from the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists at the ComBio meeting in Melbourne last week.  Read more >>
  • Dr Peter Mace in NZ Herald and on TV
  • 12/10/2015
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    Dr Peter Mace's research into Tribbles (no not the Star Trek cuties, but a family of proteins named after them) was featured both in the New Zealand Herald and on Dunedin Television on Friday. Read more >>
  • Lab-In-a-Box launches
  • 14/10/2015
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    Yesterday was the long awaited launch day for Lab-in-a-Box. This is a fully-contained training laboratory in a blue shipping container, and the project of Associate Professor Peter Dearden. It will take practical science to schools in remote areas which are not equipped with laboratories or specialist science teachers. Read more >>
  • Three new professors in Biochemistry
  • 09/11/2015
  • NewProfessors2016
    Congratulations to Associate Professors Tony Merriman, Sally McCormick, and Peter Dearden, who have been promoted to professor. The promotions take effect as of 1st February 2016. Read more >>
  • Round the World Cycling Record in support of CTCR
  • 15/12/2015
  • Andrew
    The Centre for Translational Cancer Research (or Te Aho - CTCR, but better known in our department as "the Cancer Lab") is celebrating the achievment of Andrew Nicholson, who has just ridden his bicycle around the world in support of their research, and in the process carved two days off the previous record for the trip, which was 125 days and is now 123. Read more >>