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Dr Michael Berney awarded the Swiss Society of Microbiology Encouragement Award 2010

Posted by on 3 August 2010 | Comments

Congratulation to Michael on receiving the SSM Encouragement Award which 'is given to young investigators in the field of microbiology for achievements that are outstanding in terms of their originality and particular scientific value."

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2010 OSMS photo competition

Posted by on 15 July 2010 | Comments

Congratulations to Htin Lin Aung for receiving a highly commended award in the 2010 Otago School of Medical Sciences photo competition.  Htin is a PhD student in Professor Greg Cook's lab.  For more information on the competition and other winners of the competition click here. 

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New Zealand's International Science Festival

Posted by on 11 July 2010 | Comments

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology joined other Departments at the University of Otago Expo “Otago Feeds the Mind” that was held July 9th and 10th in the St David St Lecture theatre complex.

The Microbiology and Immunology stand was organised by Judith Bateup with Zabeen Lateef. Our stand looked at microbes as food production factories as microorganisms are involved in the production of foods ranging from beer and bread to sauerkraut and soy sauce. Our stand also looked at probiotics and whether probiotics provide health benefits.

The University of Otago Expo was part of the International Science Festival that ran from July 6 - 11, 2010.

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Year 11 Students Attend Microbiology Workshops

Posted by on 28 June 2010 | Comments

During the last three weeks, 400 year 11 students from around Dunedin have been visiting the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The students have been participating in a Microbiology workshop and have been gaining an appreciation of the "unseen" world of microorganisms.

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Otago develops new non-invasive test to gauge success of kidney transplants

Posted by on 8 February 2010 | Comments

In a world first, Dr Alex McLellan and his team have developed a quick, simple urine test to detect kidney transplant rejection. The finding was published in the international journal Transplantation in February. 

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Otago School of Medical Sciences Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted by on 18 January 2010 | Comments

Microbiology and Immunology researchers were recognised in the Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) Annual Awards Ceremony held January 27th, 2010 »

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Julia Prier (3rd year student) awarded Proudfoot Prestige Scholarship in Experimental Science

Posted by on 4 January 2010 | Comments

Congratulations to Julia Prier, a summer student working with Dr Roslyn Kemp, who won the Proudfoot Prestige Scholarship in Experimental Science.

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Andy Mercer - was elected as a fellow of the royal society of New Zealand

Posted by on 2 November 2009 | Comments

Ten top New Zealand scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand at the annual general meeting of the Society’s Academy in Christchurch today. Four researchers working at overseas institutions were also elected as Honorary Fellows.

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Andy Mercer - Appointed Chair of Viral Pathogenesis, Effective July 2010

Posted by on 5 October 2009 | Comments

The University of Otago’s Chair in Viral Pathogenesis will be a critical weapon in the battle against emerging infectious diseases. The new professor will seek to better understand animal viruses that could evolve to new strains and present a great threat to human life.

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