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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Hamish Angus

Posted by on 7 July 2020 | Comments

12:00noon Monday 13th July
Room 208, 2nd floor,
Microbiology building, 
720 Cumberland Street

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Nadishka Jayawardena

Posted by on 6 July 2020 | Comments

12:00noon Monday 6th July
Room 208, 2nd floor,
Microbiology building, 
720 Cumberland Street

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Dr Matthew McNeil awarded $1.2 million HRC grant

Posted by on 1 July 2020 | Comments

Congratulations Dr Matthew McNeil (Research Fellow) who has received a $1.2 million HRC project grant over 36 months "Combating antimicrobial resistance its high-throughput bacterial genetics". 

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Dr Rachel Darnell and Greg Cook receive $1.2 million HRC grant

Posted by on 30 June 2020 | Comments

Congratulations Dr Rachel Darnell and Greg Cook who have received a $1.2 million HRC project grant over 36 months "Unlocking antimicrobial tolerance in bacterial pathogens to overcome AMR". 

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Sonya Fenton awarded Barbara Heslop Scholarship

Posted by on 12 June 2020 | Comments

Sonya Fenton, a BBioMedSci(Hons) student in the Kemp lab has been awarded the Barbara Heslop Memorial Scholarship, valued at $8,500. This scholarship is in memory of the late professor Barabara Heslop who graduated from Otago Medical School in 1948 and had a forty-year career at Otago, specializing in transplantation research. 

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Otago researches have isolated the virus that causes COVID19

Posted by on 10 June 2020 | Comments

After getting an overseas laboratory test for Covid-19 working in New Zealand - with Associate Professor James Ussher - Quiñones-Mateu was in the lab for much of lockdown. He, Postdoctoral Fellow Rhodri Harfoot and a small team grew the virus from patient samples, turning a healthy carpet of cells in a flask discoloured and patchy. They isolated and sequenced the RNA - genetic code - and became the only lab in the country to have the virus.

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Tom Devine awarded 2020 Gordan Watson Scholarship

Posted by on 3 June 2020 | Comments

An Assistant Research Fellow at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Tom (23) has won this year’s Gordon Watson Scholarship. The award is worth $24,000 and will allow him to spend two years at Columbia, beginning this September, to complete a Masters of Public Health.

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Dr Jemma Geoghegan receives $600,000 grant to track COVID-19 spread and evolution in NZ

Posted by on 29 May 2020 | Comments

A collaboration between Otago and ESR has received a substantial government grant to lead an international team of scientists to sequence the genomes of all of New Zealand’s positive COVID-19 cases and track how the virus spread across New Zealand. Dr Jemma Geoghegan has been allocated $600,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund.

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Congratulations Lucía Malone!

Posted by on 25 May 2020 | Comments

Another reason for the phantastic Lucía Malone (Fineran Lab) to be smiling. Her PhD thesis has been put on the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Theses. Lucía Malone, a PhD candidate in the Fineran Lab, recently handed in her PhD thesis titled, "Phage interactions with CRISPR-Cas systems in Serratia sp. ATCC 39006. Congratulations Lucía! We are very proud. 

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Could BCG, a 100-year-old vaccine for tuberculosis, protect against coronavirus? - Jo Kirman

Posted by on 20 May 2020 | Comments

Associate Professor Jo Kirman co-wrote Otago's most read article in the last year. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will donate A$10 million to help fund an Australian trial testing whether a very old vaccine, BCG, can be used against a new threat, COVID-19. So what is the BCG vaccine and what might its place be in the fight against coronavirus?

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