9th February, 2018
Dahlia based diabetes drug developed by Physiology researcher ready for human trials
In partnership with Plant and Food Research, researchers will soon begin human trials of a drug made from dahlias.
9th January, 2018
Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease
The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.
13th November, 2017
Otago study could mean hope for infertile couples
Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
13th November, 2017
Phenomenal success for Physiology researchers in latest Marsden funding round
Four 3-year project grants were awarded to Department of Physiology researchers in this year’s Marsden Fund - totalling over $3.8M.
25th October, 2017
Charlotte Steel, BSc (Hons) NEUR student in the Department has gained a Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship
Our congratulations to Charlotte who is currently completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology with supervisor Assoc Prof Phil Sheard.
26th February, 2018
Rachel Lund (1-yr PhD Presentation)
Every year a number of summer research projects are offered in the Department of Physiology. Being selected for one of these projects means 10-weeks of paid, hands-on experience, working in a lab alongside researchers who are at the forefront of their field.
200-level students or above with a PHSL, NEUR or FUHB background are invited to apply, particularly those students who are keen on pursuing 400-level study in these subjects.
The Physiology Department has its own application process where students submit preliminary information about which summer research project(s) in the Department that they would like to ubdertake. From these applications, academics will choose which students they would like to invite to do summer research projects in their labs for ten weeks between November/December 2017 and January/February 2018.
Have a look at the list of possible projects available for download and on noticeboards on the ground floor of the Lindo Ferguson Building.
Talk to the academics offering the projects that you are interested in to find out more about the project itself and see if it is suitable for you.
Decide which project(s) you would like to be considered for – you can choose a maximum of three.
Fill in an application form available here or from Karla Sellwood in the Physiology Administration Office and hand it in to Karla by midday, Thursday 10 August 2017.
Karla will give a copy of your application form and academic record to the academic(s) that you wish to work with.
The academics will go through their applications and decide which student they would like to offer their summer research project.
All students will be informed whether or not they have been accepted to submit a project for a summer research scholarship in the Physiology Department by Wednesday 16 August 2017.
Selected students work with their academic supervisor to prepare an application for a summer student scholarship. Deadline for application and letter of recommendation from the supervisor to Karla is Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Karla will ensure this is signed by the HoD and will electronically send to the Division of Health Sciences by the due date.
A list of the summer research projects available in the Department of Physiology for 2017/18 is below.
The following projects are available in the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology group:
The following projects are available in the Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience group:
The following projects are available in the Membrane & Ion Transport group:
Doing a summer research project in Physiology gave me a good idea as to what it's like to actually work within a lab. This allowed me to break down that lecturer-student barrier and get to know people in the Department outside of studies.