Tu Kahika visit
Last week, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology hosted the 2011 Tu Kahika students on behalf of the Otago School of Medical Sciences. Students met with representative staff and students from all 5 departments in OSMS and also participated in a microbiology practical session, organised by Dr Judith Bateup. Students analysed microbes from their own teeth and, for those who dug deep, their gums too.
More information on the Tu Kahika programme can be found here
2011 4th year research symposium
4th year students based in Microbiology and Immunology had a chance to present their year’s research at the annual 4th year research symposium held on Friday October 14th.
This year the best speaker prize was jointly awarded to Elyse Dunn and Edward Taylor.
Elyse presented her BBiomedSc (Hons) research completed in Professor Greg Cook’s lab and the talk was entitled “Synthesis, characterization and mode of action studies of lipophilic triphenylphosphonium cations in bacteria”.
Edward presented his BSc (Hons) research completed in Dr Roslyn Kemp’s lab and the talk was entitled “Isolation of functional T cell subsets from colorectal cancer patients”
Well done to Elyse and Edward for two great talks and also congratulations to the other 4th years for a great set of talks.
Ed and Elyse receive their best speaker prize
Marsden Fund success for Professor Margaret Baird and Professor Antony Braithwaite
Congratulations to Professor Margaret Baird and Professor Antony Braithwaite (Department of Pathology) for their success in the latest, highly competititve, round of the Marsden Fund. Margaret and Antony received $860,000 to research "The p53 tumour suppressor and its nemesis – does a p53 isoform promote cancer through an inflammatory pathway?".
Modular PC3 facility installed on the roof of the Microbiology building
The University of Otago’s new modular PC3 facility was craned on to the top of the Microbiology building today.
This facility represents a significant advance in scientists' ability to work directly on important disease causing infections and pathogens and it’s anticipated that this facility will facilitate work on the various pathogens being studied throughout the University.
The facility will be operational once the final installation and certification are completed.
For further information, see the Otago Daily Times news story