Research in the Department is largely concerned with fundamental processes associated with a number of significant biomedical and biological problems: heart disease; cancer; diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and gout; memory and neurological disease; pathogenic viruses, micro-organisms and fungi; flowering, senescence, photosynthesis, nitrogen utilization in plants, symbiosis; mammalian preimplantation embryo development; cold adaptation; eukaryotic retroelements; body weight and cell signalling; molecular evolution; apoptosis; biodiversity. Extensive use is made of bioinformatics, microarray technology and proteomics tools. The Otago Genomics Facility, the Centre for Protein Research and the X-ray facility for protein structure determination are all located within the Department.

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