Nichaela Harbison-Price, BSc(Hons) student in Greg Cook's lab, has been awarded the Dean's prize for best summer project report. Nichaela undertook a Summer Studentship during the 2015/2016 summer break, and her research project was entitled "Discovering next-generation inhibitors of the mastitis-causing bacterium Streptococcus uberis".
One staff member and one student of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology have won accolades in the Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) annual photo competition.
Dr Xochitl Morgan was one of the authors of a research paper published by the American Society for Microbiology which has featured in the New York Times, demonstrating that the microbes found in US subways are generally not harmful.
University students are now back for semester two. But while they were taking a break, their absence gave local high school science classes the opportunity to experience University-level teaching labs.
A research project led by Professor Gerald Tannock and Dr Blair Lawley, aiming to investigate the metabolites in urine in relation to Crohn's Disease, has received funding from the USA's Broad Medical Research Foundation.
The University of Otago's Science Expo, held in conjunction with the International Science Festival, took place last weekend and those from all walks of life - including Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull - came along to take a look at microbial life in the human gut.
Professor Frank Griffin has officially retired, with yesterday marking the last day of a spectacular research and teaching career. However his involvement with the department will continue with the new title of Emeritus Professor. Frank will also continue as the director of new research theme Ag@Otago.