Professor Greg Cook named a James Cook Fellow
Congratulations to Professor Greg Cook for the award of a prestigious James Cook Fellowship.
The fellowships are administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand and allow the recipients to undertake concentrated work in their field for two years. Greg will undertake research on "Structure and function of membrane-bound protein complexes".
Otago Medical School Research Society PhD Research Speaker Awards
Zarina D'Costa placed second equal at the Otago Medical School Research Society PhD Research Speaker Awards last night. Zarina's talk was titled "Regulation of E-cadherin by Human papillomavirus 16 E6".
Zarina is in the final stages of her PhD under the supervision of Dr Merilyn Hibma in the Virus Research Unit
Prof Gerald Tannock addresses launch of the Gut Health Network
Prof Gerald Tannock opened the launch of the Gut Health Network on September 21 with a very entertaining talk: "It all starts in the gut..."
The Gut Health Network is a new research initiative bringing together scientists and clinicians from across the university to research the myriad of diseases that are initiated and/or manifested in the gut. This includes Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Coeliac Disease, Spondyloarthropathies and Diabetes. The Gut Health Network is also actively involved with community and patient groups such as Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand and the Arthritis Society of New Zealand. Further information on the Gut Health Network can be found here
Founding members of the Gut Health Network include three researchers from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Gerald Tannock, Frank Griffin and Roslyn Kemp.
Dr Michael Schultz (Director of the Gut Health Network) welcomes people to the Gut Health Network launch
Poster prize for Corinna Richter
Corinna Richter was awarded a highly commended poster prize at the Biointeractions satellite meeting (August 28 and 29, 2011) held during the Queenstown Molecular Biology Meetings. Corinna's poster was titled “Protein-protein interactions and complex formation for CRISPR-mediated defense against foreign genetic elements in Pectobacterium atrosepticum”. Corinna is a PhD student in Peter Fineran’s lab
Rutherford Fellowship for Peter Fineran
Congratulations to Peter Fineran for gaining a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
Peter's fellowship will help develop a proposed research programme to investigate "how bacterial 'adaptive immune systems' protect microbial cells against viral infection".
Peter is one of ten top researchers who were awarded the highly sought after fellowships administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Peter Fineran awarded University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research
Congratulations to Dr Peter Fineran who has been awarded a 2011 University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research.
The award aims to recognise outstanding research achievement at an early stage of the academic careers.
For further information on the award and the 2011 recipients click here