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'Green' anti-microbials offer a bacterium-specific approach

Posted by on 21 March 2018 | Comments

Professor Greg Cook spoke to Farmer's Weekly recently about the worldwide antimicrobial resistance problem and its roots in both human healthcare and livestock productivity.

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'Old diseases' on the comeback trail

Posted by on 21 March 2018 | Comments

The resurgence of diseases commonly believed to be all but eradicated in the Western world has come under the spotlight in an Otago Daily Times feature article, with quotes from immunologist Dr James Ussher and TB researcher Dr Htin Aung.

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Science paper reveals pathway of Vivax malaria infection

Posted by on 8 March 2018 | Comments

Associate Professor Bruce Russell is a co-author of a paper recently published in the Journal Science that identifies a critical pathway for Vivax malaria infection, providing insight that may be useful for future vaccine development.

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Former student Max Wilkinson presents his Cambridge PhD research

Posted by on 7 March 2018 | Comments

Max Wilkinson, an accomplished former BSc(Hons) student of the department, returned recently to present his PhD research from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.

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Anti-viral mechanisms can both enhance and prevent gene transfer in bacteria

Posted by on 20 February 2018 | Comments

A recent study from the Fineran Lab has shown that bacterial immune systems can increase the transduction of bacterial genetic material, such as the genes associated with antibiotic resistance. The findings have been published in the latest issue of mBio, a premier journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Three academic staff member receive promotions

Posted by on 20 February 2018 | Comments

Congratulations to the three staff members to receive academic promotions effective from the beginning of the 2018 academic year.

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Three 2017 PhDs recognised as exceptional

Posted by on 20 December 2017 | Comments

The 2017 academic year has been a successful one for Microbiology and Immunology PhD students, with not one but three completed works being added to the Division of Health Sciences' List of Exceptional PhD theses, out of a total of nine from across the division. Congratulations to Dr Morad Remy Muhsin, Dr Adrian Patterson and Dr Kiel Hards.

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Fineran lab receives two significant awards at BMS end of year awards function

Posted by on 20 December 2017 | Comments

Associate Professor Peter Fineran and his team have received two of the top distinctions in the annual School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) end of year awards. Members of the lab group authored one of the joint winners of the Research Paper of the Year, while Associate Professor Fineran received the Distinguished Researcher of the Year award.

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Large group of Microbiology and Immunology PhDs in December graduation

Posted by on 18 December 2017 | Comments

An unusually large group of 9 PhD graduands were among the cohort of Microbiology and Immunology students graduating this December, demonstrating the department's excellence in postgraduate study. Congratulations to all those who celebrated their graduation over the course of the last week.

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Manmeet Bhalla, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Posted by on 11 December 2017 | Comments

12.00pm Monday, 11 December
Room 208
2nd floor, Microbiology Building
720 Cumberland St

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