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An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


12th May, 2017

Julia Gouws (MSc student) receives another accolade for her research

After being awarded 1st= for the School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Prize for best 2016/17 Summer Scholarship Report recently, Julia has received another prestigious award this week.

5th May, 2017

Physiology PhD students take home prizes at the School Symposium

he School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Postgraduate Symposium was held on 3-4 May at the Otago Museum, and once again, our students had great success at the event.

30th March, 2017

Physiology student wins School’s Prize for Best Summer Scholarship report

Congratulations to Julia Gouws (supervisor Dr Karl Iremonger) who was awarded 1st= for the School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Prize for best Summer Scholarship Report for 2016/17.

30th March, 2017

Department of Physiology staff continue to be involved in fantastic Lab in a Box initiative

Lab in a Box is a mobile science laboratory, built in a 20 foot shipping container. It comes fully equipped with both science “gear” and people. Researchers and students from around New Zealand (or indeed around the World) are involved in this fantast

9th March, 2017

Anatomy and Physiology at Otago now in the World University Rankings!

Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Otago have ranked 24th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings.

Next Event

12th June, 2017

Daniel Barth (PhD Final presentation, Department of Physiology)

PhD Programme.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience [1700916]


A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available to undertake brain slice electrophysiological and calcium imaging studies of GnRH and kisspeptin neuronal phenotypes in different genetic mouse models.

The Role

Experiments will involve patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings and GCaMP6 imaging associated with various optogenetic manipulations. Studies aim to elucidate the roles of specific neural populations in regulating fertility. These investigations are supported by grants awarded to Dr. Rebecca Campbell and Prof. Allan Herbison by the New Zealand Health Research Council and Marsden Fund. Recent relevant publications are:

• Moore et al., Enhancement of a robust arcuate GABAergic input to GnRH neurons in a model of polycystic ovarian syndrome. PNAS, 112, 596-601 (2015)
• Han et al., Selective optogenetic activation of arcuate kisspeptin neurons generates pulsatile luteinizing hormone secretion. PNAS 112, 13109-13114 (2015)

Your Skills and Experience

You will have substantial expertise in brain slice electrophysiology. Prior experience with calcium imaging and optical manipulations of neural function would be an advantage.

Further Details

Work will be undertaken within the University of Otago Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

The position is full-time, fixed-term for two years and available immediately.

Specific enquiries should be directed to Prof. Allan Herbison (email, ph 03 479 7312) or Dr. Rebecca Campbell (email, email 03 479 7343), Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology.

Applications will close on 31st May, 2017.

Further information and application details.

Assistant Research Fellow - Physiology [1700934]


Applications are invited for the fixed-term position of Assistant Research Fellow to provide high-level research support for a Royal Society of NZ Marsden Funded project in the laboratory of Dr Peter Jones. The appointment is a full-time (1.0FTE) position for a period of two years.

The successful candidate will work in a laboratory that is interested in the cellular mechanisms of arrhythmia and heart disease. The research involves real-time microscopy, DNA mutagenesis, and basic biochemistry.

Applicants should have a minimum of a BSc(Hons) degree (or equivalent) in molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology or a related subject. Candidates with laboratory experience in DNA purification, mammalian cell culture and microscopy are strongly encouraged to apply, although these techniques can be taught to candidates with other appropriate research skills. The ideal candidate will also have experience in day-to-day management of a research laboratory including meticulous record keeping, culture collection management and excellent communication.

The successful applicant would be expected to start as soon as possible.

For further information, contact Dr Pete Jones, email

Applications will close on 2nd June, 2017.

Further information and application details.

Physiology not only taught me lifelong skills which I can apply to daily situations, it has also given me many new and interesting ideas in writing novels.

Iun Kao - 3rd year BSc (Physiology) student