SING Aotearoa workshop



Associate Professor Richard Macknight explains the process of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to a group of interns.

Biochemistry staff had another opportunity to contribute to the wider community this summer break with the first SING Aotearoa programme being held at Otago from the 24th - 29th January 2016.

The Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING Aotearoa) programme is a Vision Matauranga Capability Fund project aimed at increasing Maori knowledge about advances in genetics and genomics. Sixteen interns with varying interests attended the workshop.

Faculty from the University of Otago Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy, Maori, Mathematics & Statistics, and Anthropology departments, along with others from the Universities of Waikato and Auckland, Massey University, and AgResearch led workshops about genetics and genomics, with particular reference to Maori populations and indigenous species.

The Departments of Biochemistry and Mathematics & Statistics co-hosted laboratory courses on human genetics and the analysis of Totara DNA, which were run by Associate Professors Richard Macknight and Mik Black, Dr David Chagne, and Tanya Flynn from Biochemistry, together with Dr Phil Wilcox from Maths & Stats.

SING-Aotearoa is modelled on an existing SING-USA programme. Two USA programme faculty mentors, Dr Nanibaa Garrison and Dr Jessica Bardill, joined SING Aotearoa to bring their experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native interns.

SING USA website