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  • 16/07/2014
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    Congratulations to Associate Professor Peter Dearden, who has been awarded the Genetics Society of Australasia's Ross Crozier Medal for outstanding contributions to genetics.
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  • 07/07/2014
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    This year, the Biochemistry Department joined forces with Genetics Otago and the Genetics Teaching Programme and put together a very successful event with many popular activites.
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  • 01/07/2014
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    Dr Anita Dunbier was interviewed in the Otago Daily times recently, in an article on career choices and aimed at children.
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  • Featured publication

    Anne von Zychlinski, Michael Williams, Sally McCormick, and Torsten Kleffmann, Journal of proteomics, 2014

    Counting proteins: Researchers of the Biochemistry Department and Department of Medicine undertook an approach to decipher the exact stoichiometry of individual proteins per lipoprotein particle. They used mass spectrometry-based absolute protein quantification to measure the number of different protein species associated with VLDL (very low density lipoprotein), LDL (low density lipoprotein), Lp(a) [lipoprotein (a)] and HDL (high density lipoprotein) particles. An unfavourable balance between the different plasma lipoproteins is correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease. However, simply the ratio between LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) alone is not a robust predictor for the development of cardiovascular disease. The researchers hypothesise that the stoichiometry of lipoprotein-associated proteins provides further insights into an individual's predisposition for disease such as heart disease or diabetes and may help to identifying new candidate biomarkers to better predict the risk of disease.

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