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.
- GO Zoom Symposium
- An Audience With…
- Carl Smith Medal Lecture – Dr Louise Bicknell
- Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Julia Horsfield
Genetics Otago will be hosting a Symposium for all members on the 18th of November 2020. This is an in-person Symposium, utilising Zoom to connect three main rooms in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington, to showcase speakers from across Genetics Otago in this flagship event for 2020. Details will be updated here as they become available.
Date: 18th November 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Dunedin: BIG13 Seminar Room, Ground Floor Biochemistry Building
Registration for this event is now open, please register using the button below. Registration will close on 4th November 2020.
Abstract submission is completed as part of the registration process. You are able to register and add your abstract later – please keep the link provided at the end of the registration process to do this. Abstract submissions close on 19th October 2020.
There will be several awards up for grabs on the day for mentorship and publications. All awards require a prior application or nomination which must be received by us by 30th October 2020.
More information on the awards and how to apply: GO Symposium Award details
A preliminary programme will be available here soon.
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.
Professor Neil Gemmell
Come along to hear Neil chat about his progression as a first-generation scientist to a distinguished professor. Followed by plenty of time for informal discussion and lunch.
Date: 29th October 2020
Time: 12 noon
Location: Health Science Divisional Boardroom, 4th Floor Physiotherapy Building, Great King Street
Registration for this event is now open, please register using the button below.
Please email us if you require a Zoom connection.
Carl Smith Medal Lecture – Dr Louise Bicknell
Date: Tuesday, 3rd November 2020
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Burns 1 Lecture Theatre
IPL – Professor Julia Horsfield
Unfortunately, this lecture has been postponed due to the level 2 restrictions currently in place. Watch this space for updates once we reach level 1.
The circle of life: connecting cell division with cell fate
Julia’s current research originates from her fascination with how cells ‘decide’ what they are going to be in a growing, developing embryo. At the University of Otago, Julia started working on Cohesin, a protein that connects cell division with cell fate decisions. Cohesin controls chromosome segregation during cell division, and it also organises the DNA of non-dividing cells to select genes for expression. Using zebrafish, Julia’s group determined how mutation of Cohesin contributes to human developmental disorders, the “Cohesinopathies”.
Her group also studies how genes first come to be switched on in the embryo by Cohesin-mediated chromatin structure. She was the first to show that mutations in Cohesin may be linked with leukaemia; a finding later confirmed by cancer genome sequencing projects. Her recent work focuses on the mechanism of Cohesin’s contribution to leukaemia, including the sensitivity of Cohesin-mutant cancers to specific drugs.
This lecture will be followed by light refreshments, tea, coffee & juice.
Location: Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union St East. This event will also be live-streamed, from 5:25pm Tuesday 8 September 2020, here. Please note: Live streaming does not work with Internet Explorer.
12:00 pm Microbiology Seminar – Prof Julia Horsfield @ Room 208, 2nd Floor Microbiology Building
Microbiology Seminar – Prof Julia Horsfield @ Room 208, 2nd Floor Microbiology Building
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Professor Julia Horsfield Department of Pathology, University of Otago ‘Cohesin mutations are synthetic lethal with stimulation of WNT signaling’ Mutations in genes encoding subunits of the cohesin complex are common in several cancers, but may also expose druggable vulnerabilities. We[...]
5:30 pm Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Christine Jasoni @ Archway 1 Lecture Theatre
Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Christine Jasoni @ Archway 1 Lecture Theatre
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Every little thing she does is magic: How our mother’s health affects our own About Professor Jasoni’s research When a mother is unwell during pregnancy, her offspring have increased lifelong risk for neurological disease. Christine’s research interest is in how[...]