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Three Microbiology and Immunology research projects awarded Lottery funding

Posted by on 25 May 2015 | Comments

Researchers from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology have obtained two translational research grants and one PhD scholarship in the latest Lottery Health Research funding round.

Professor Greg Cook and co-investigator Dr Htin Aung have been awarded $86,218. Their project will investigate the use of whole genome sequencing of the tuberculosis bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, for more rapid diagnosis and treatment of extensively drug-resistant Tb.

Dr James Ussher has been awarded $41,008 for his project Rapid detection of antibiotic resistance through LC-MS. Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge, from the Kemp Lab, has received a PhD scholarship worth $120,000.

Both the Department and the University were incredibly successful, with University of Otago projects awarded a total of $2.2 million in funding.

Read the media release on the University of Otago website

Read the article on the Otago Daily Times website

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