Sebastian takes the prize


School of Pharmacy Dean Prof. Carlo Marra presenting Sebastian with the prize for best presentation.

The Honours students in pharmacy presented their seminars on 5 October and all did a fantastic job at sharing their research!

Congratulations to our Hons student, Sebastian Goldsmith, who took out the prize for best presentation.  Sebastian did an awesome job with his presentation and also the questions posed by academic staff in the audience.

Dean’s Cup Basketball 2017



Hannah, Sarah, Christoph and Sebastian were part of the postgrad team on the Dean’s Cup against the staff.  I heard it was a tough game and the staff (thanks to Natalie Medlicott) came out the victors.  I won’t quote the score here!

These cuties

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Our group has been using these cuties in our latest work on antioxidants.  It is the zebrafish – a very useful model species.  Isabella used them in her work and we have given a few conference talks on the topic – a paper to follow.

A piece of cake

31 March 2014

Ellen Ou has presented her final seminar in the School to share the findings of her research during her PhD. The tradition is to celebrate the occasion with a piece of cake.

We heard about the identification of the main antioxidant compounds Ellen identified in extracts from leaves of Sonchus oleraceus using a neat online HPLC assay that allows simultaneous separation of compounds with an assessment of the antioxidant activity of each peak. Ellen also shared the results of an investigation into the stability of the 3 main antioxidants under different storage conditions. The highlight of the talk was when Ellen presented her most recent data where the S. oleraceus leaf extracts were shown to reduced cell stress, being both protective and also helping cells to recover from induced stress.

Well done on a great seminar Ellen.A piece of cake

Jasper features in PhD video

August 2011

Jasper’s PhD project on the use of nanoparticles in possum biocontrol was highlighted in a video made by the University of Otago to advertise the postgraduate research conducted at in the School of Pharmacy.



“Thinking of a PhD? Think pharmacy”

This video features on the School of Pharmacy web page and you can watch it on YouTube



Veterinary Program Chair at CRS 2012

July 2012

shapeimage_2-2The 39th Controlled Release Society conference was held in Quebec City, Canada and was a great conference. Prof. Thierry Vandamme and myself were the Program Chairs for the vet sessions. Location was great, science was excellent and it was great to catch up with friends again.

Some pretty cute critters in Canada too!shapeimage_3

Think peptides writing competition

September 2012

shapeimage_2When I saw an add for a scientific writing competition to Write Peptides by the company Think Peptides, I thought our work fitted the bill and got to writing.

We were stoked when the piece by Alex Kafka and I entitled “Peptides, polymers and possums” came second!

You can see the other winners here

Research Elective students 2012

October 2012

ElectivesThe School of Pharmacy Research Elective Colloqium is a day when we get to hear about the elective research conducted by the 4th year students. This is the 2 groups I supervised this year after giving their presentations. Well done guys – you did a great job.

One group found out about the interest in a course for pharmacists on veterinary medicine and the other investigated the changes in antioxidant content of puha leaves as the plant grows.

Ellen and Jasper snuck in on the photo too. Thanks to Azrin Zakaria for the photo.

Our first book is published

November 2012Book

From the Spinger website – “This authoritative book is a comprehensive guide on the theories, applications, and challenges associated with the design and development of long acting veterinary formulations. The volume acts as a reference to the animal health formulation scientist and contains chapters written by some of the leading experts in the field. In addition it offers additional details through a mixture of figures, tables, and references to provide information not found in other similar texts.”