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Dr Judith Bateup awarded Cranwell Medal for excellence in science communication

Posted by on 26 November 2018 | Comments

Congratulations to Senior Teaching Fellow Judith Bateup who has been awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Cranwell Medal, recognising two decades of promoting science careers to secondary school students.

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Department wins Marsden funding worth a total of $1.86 million

Posted by on 12 November 2018 | Comments

The University of Otago is celebrating its most successful Marsden funding round ever, with four grants worth a total of $1.86m awarded to Department of Microbiology and Immunology researchers.

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Potential of cancer-killing virus published in PNAS

Posted by on 12 November 2018 | Comments

A research paper published in PNAS by Dr Mihnea Bostina and colleagues uses electron microscopy to demonstrate how an anti-cancer virus interacts with tumour cells, increasing the potential for clinical use of the virus.

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Associate Professor Peter Fineran awarded Microbiology Society's 2019 Fleming Prize

Posted by on 7 November 2018 | Comments

Associate Professor Peter Fineran has been announced as the recipient of the UK Microbiology Society's Fleming Prize for 2019, based on nominations received by other members.

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Dr Jen Robson wins OUSA 2018 Top Tutor Award

Posted by on 31 October 2018 | Comments

Congratulations to 300-level Teaching Fellow Dr Jen Robson, who has been named by students as one of the University's best tutors.

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Malaria breakthrough attracts conference funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Posted by on 16 October 2018 | Comments

Associate Professor Bruce Russell is part of a research collaboration that has made a breakthrough in malaria research, leading to an international workshop and conference being held in Dunedin.

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Five academic staff members awarded University of Otago Research Grants

Posted by on 16 October 2018 | Comments

Congratulations to our five academics who have been awarded University of Otago Research Grants (UORG) for 2019. All funding is provided from 1 January 2019 through to 31 March 2020.

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Department alumnus Dr Robert Webster publishes "Flu Hunter: unlocking the secrets of a virus"

Posted by on 5 September 2018 | Comments

Dr Robert Webster, a world-reknowned virologist and international influenza expert, has published a book focusing on the scientific detective work behind the 1918 influenza pandemic.

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Congratulations to the department's latest cohort of graduands

Posted by on 20 August 2018 | Comments

A warm congratulations to the students, past and present, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology who have celebrated their graduation over the last two weekends.

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Dr Htin Lin Aung receives 2018 QMB Illumina Emerging Researcher Award

Posted by on 15 August 2018 | Comments

Congratulations to Dr Htin Lin Aung (Cook Lab) who is this year's recipient of the Illumina Emerging Researcher Award. The award recognises and acknowledges an emerging researcher (less than 5 years post-PhD) who uses molecular biology tools in New Zealand, and is accompanied by a recipient presentation at next month's Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) meeting.

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