Prizes awarded to Biochemistry Department staff and students

  • Dr Annika Bokor
  • 2016 OUSA Teaching Award
  • (overall top teacher at Otago)
  • Tony Zaharic
  • 2016 OUSA disability awareness and inclusive teaching award
  • Monika Sharma
  • 2016 European Atherosclerosis Society Best Young Investigator Presentation
  • Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Monika Sharma
  • 2016 Best Young Investigator Presentation
  • European Atherosclerosis Society Lp(a) satellite meeting, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Danni Maddock
  • 2016 NZSBMB student poster competition, 1st place
  • Max Ehrhardt
  • 2016 NZSBMB student poster competition, 3rd place
  • Lottie Armstrong
  • 2016 NZMS student poster competition, 2nd place
  • Astra Heywood
  • 2016 NZSBMB student speaker competition, 3rd place
  • Tom Wiggins
  • 2016 Maurice Wilkins Centre Early Career Symposium poster prize, 1st place
  • James Marshall
  • 2016 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research (Australasia) poster prize
  • Peter Mace
  • 2016 University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research
  • Parry Guilford
  • 2016 Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Tony Merriman
  • 2016 Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Peter Dearden
  • 2016 Best Research Paper of the Year by a BMS Researcher
  • Marilyn Merriman
  • 2016 BMS Research Support – Focused Contribution Award
  • Parry Guilford
  • 2016 BMS Senior Researcher Award
  • Tony Zaharic
  • 2016 BMS Distinguished PPF/Teaching Fellow (Professional Programmes)
  • Ben Peters
  • 2016 Department of Biochemistry Best Student Paper, 1st place
  • For the paper: A cis-regulatory module in the transcription factor DUO1 promoter.
    Benjamin Peters, Jonathan Casey, Jack Aidley, Stuart Zohrab, Michael Borg, David Twell, and Lynette Brownfield., Plant Physiol 2016 p. pp.01192.2016.
    Published:16 November 2016
    Abstract: The development of the male germline within pollen relies upon the activation of numerous target genes by the transcription factor DUO POLLEN1 (DUO1). The expression of DUO1 is restricted to the male germline and is first detected shortly after the asymmetric division that segregates the germ cell lineage. Transcriptional regulation is critical in controlling DUO1 expression since transcriptional and translational fusions show similar expression patterns. Here we identify key promoter sequences required for the germline-specific regulation of DUO1 transcription. Combining promoter deletion analyses with phylogenetic footprinting in eudicots and in Arabidopsis accessions, we identify a cis-regulatory module, Regulatory region of DUO1 (ROD1), which replicates the expression pattern of DUO1 in Arabidopsis thaliana. We show that ROD1 from the legume Medicago truncatula directs male germline-specific expression in A. thaliana, demonstrating conservation of DUO1 regulation among eudicots. ROD1 contains several short conserved cis-regulatory elements, including three copies of the motif DNGTGGV, required for germline expression and tandem repeats of the motif YAACYGY, which enhance DUO1 transcription in a positive feedback loop. We conclude that a cis-regulatory module conserved in eudicots, directs the spatial and temporal expression of the transcription factor DUO1 to specify male germline fate and sperm cell differentiation.
  • Tom Wiggins
  • 2015 QMB Proteins Meeting Poster Award, 1st place
  • Danielle Maddock
  • 2015 QMB Proteins Meeting Poster Awards, Honourable Mention