Drs Greg Anderson and Janette Quennell at the University's
Centre for Neuroendocrinology are investigating how
fertility-regulating neurons in the brain respond to
nutritional signals secreted by fat cells or the gut.
Dr Alexander McLellan was recently successful in obtaining
Marsden funding for a study on newly identified
nano-particles termed exosomes. Exosomes are sub-cellular
particles released from a variety of cells.
Dr Stephen J Sowerby and Emeritus Professor George B Petersen
from the Department of Biochemistry of the Otago School of
Medical Sciences are developing a world-class,
cross-disciplinary research capability in nanotechnology with
a strong biomedical diagnostic focus.