Upcoming events hosted by or involving Genetics Otago will be listed here. Please check back regularly for updates. A calendar of events that may be of interest to our members can be found at the bottom of this page and in the sidebar of other pages on this site, please note that this includes events hosted outside of Genetics Otago.
The Genetics Otago biennial Postgraduate Retreat will be held in 2021. This event is open to all postgraduate students who are using genetics in their research (you don’t need to be enrolled as a GENE major). The day will be broken into three sessions; attend them all or just one depending on your time commitments. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and essential.
Date: 23rd April 2021
Time: 8:30am for coffee and a 9:00am start
Location: Downstairs at the Staff Club
A programme will be posted here once speakers are confirmed, at this stage we are planning the following three sessions:
Registration for this event is required due to limited space and catering. Please register using the link below. If your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend all or part of the day, please let us know so we can offer your spot to someone else.
Ira Rangahau Māori
An Audience With…
Our ‘An Audience With…’ series is aimed at our postgraduate students (but early career researchers are also welcome to attend) and will provide the opportunity for discussion with experts in their field. As catering will be provided we ask that you please register using the link below if you plan on attending.
Date: 4th June 2021
Location: Health Science Divisional Boardroom, 4th Floor Physiotherapy Building, Great King Street
Registration for this event is not yet open.
We are able to accommodate some attendance via Zoom. Please email us if you require a Zoom connection.
Postgrad Writing Mornings
Open to all postgrads working on genetics (you do not need to be enrolled as a GENE major). These are very informal sessions to get together and get some writing done on your thesis or paper, to have a chat with other students and have a cuppa.
Date: First Friday of every month (starting February 2021)
Time: 9am – 12 noon
Location: Genetics Meeting Room, G12 Biochemistry Building
Early & Mid Career Scientists and Postgraduate Students are invited to meet with Kiel before his seminar, to find out how he got to where he is today. Bielschowsky meeting room, 12-1pm (snacks included!) Please RSVP to Glen Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org) as there is a limited capacity.
Interspecies electron transfer mediates energy generation in pathogen- commensal communities
Dr Kiel Hards
Department of Microbiology & Immunology University of Otago
The human microbiome is a consortia of microorganisms in and on our bodies that is often called our most underappreciated organ. In reality, the microbiome is far more complex than a single organ and issues in our microbiome can affect diverse health issues including cancer, diabetes, mental health, infections and sleep quality. Several studies have been able to describe what makes up our microbiome, defining our “good” and “bad” bacteria, but few studies have investigated how these microbes interact with each other and ourselves. Recently, it has been suggested that metabolic interactions within the microbiome may influence our ability to acquire community- and hospital-acquired infections, including those by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae and Enterococcus faecalis. This has highlighted a process where different bacteria make and share electricity for generating energy by cellular respiration, known as interspecies electron transfer. In this talk, I will discuss recent data from my group that suggests the common probiotic Lactococcus lactis stimulates respiratory energy generation in S. agalactiae by interspecies electron transfer. This suggests that genes from other bacteria may be essential for opportunistic pathogens in vivo. By understanding the critical functions of our microbiome, we can better understand the various diseases affected by microbiome dysfunction and design microbiome directed treatments for these disorders.