University of Otago
Publication of the month

Publication of the month

Bacteria may help fight cancer

Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming seminars

Associate Professor
Merilyn Hibma
25 July

PG Success

Postgrad successes

Buck Award
runner up
Ed Taylor

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Whether it is microbes or immune cells, the role they play in our lives is critical to our survival. Microbes compose greater than 50 per cent of life forms on our planet, and yet it is estimated that only one per cent have been identified and studied. Their metabolism is essential for maintaining life on Earth. Equally when infectious microbes attack our bodies, it is the immune system that kicks into action to ensure our survival.

The University of Otago is the oldest institution in New Zealand offering a bachelors degree in Microbiology and Immunology and will provide you with insight into the unseen world of microbes and immunity and an understanding of the practical applications. Read more »