Heart and vascular disease focus of UC research

28 August 2014 Tissues blocking arteries to the brain are to be rushed to the UC from Christchurch Hospital operating theatre to be kept alive in a laboratory for five days. (read article)

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Changes to the curriculum – themes, courses and skill-development

Our commitment to you is “At the School of Biological Sciences, we train modern, multi-disciplinary biologists, because you never know where you will go!” With this in mind we are making some improvements to our curriculum to meet your needs.

Postgrad Handbook Available

The Biological Sciences 2015 Postgraduate Handbook is now available online (PDF, 4.5MB). If you are considering postgraduate studies at UC it is worth talking with one of our Postgraduate Advisors, who can help you plan your future studies.


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‘Biochemistry has a pleasant mix of molecular biology and chemistry that lets me satisfy my curiosity...’

Eric Richards MSc in Biochemistry
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Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

We welcome expressions of interest from potential Rutherford Discovery Fellowship applicants, further details. 

Rugby impacts investigated

The impact of a game of rugby can lead to trauma similar to that seen in car accident victims. Assoc. Prof. Steve Gieseg explains the research to 3News.

Nigerian forest research featured

Find out more about the history of the Biological Sciences' Nigerian Montane Forest Project by listening to an interview of Assoc. Prof. Hazel Chapman by Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand. Listen here via the RadioNZ website.

Bring back the moa?

Moa researcher Prof Richard Holdaway shares what it would take to return the giant birds from extinction on TVNZ's Breakfast show.


Seminars are on Thursdays at 12.00 noon in Biological Sciences, Room 275 of the Biology Research building, unless otherwise specified.
Seminar calendar and abstracts. Everyone is welcome to attend.

11th September

Is the Moa a goer? De-extinction and species conservation
Prof. Phil Seddon
Department of Zoology, University of Otago

18th September

Academic Freedom at UC
Law, UC

25th September Title: TBA
Nicholas Veldhuis
Monash University

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