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".
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.
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.
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.