30th Annual Queenstown Molecular Biology Meetings

Tuesday 1st September

by Zoom - see Link Below 
No pre registration required


Molecular Biology for Aotearoa Today


Session 1 Molecular Biology – Views from the Top (Chair Justin O’Sullivan)

9.00-10.00 am  Prof Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine in 1993 
Fact or fiction about GMOs

10.00-10.30am Professor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister's Chief Science adviser
The role of science and science communication in Aotearoa’s COVID-19 response

Session 2 Molecular biology to understand the present (Chair Tracy Hale)

11.00-11.30 am  Professor David Hayman, Massey University
Discovering and Modelling Pathogen Sharing in Humans, Gorillas and Livestock in Uganda

11.30-12.00 am  Dr Sarah Diermeier, University of Otago
Non coding RNA as a therapeutic target for cancer

Session 3 Molecular biology to understand our past (Chair Melanie McConnell)

12.30-1.00 pm  Professor Lisa Matissoo-Smith, University of Otago
Why does understanding Pacific Prehistory matter?

1.00-1.30 pm Prof Neil Gemmel, University of Otago, 
The tuatara genome - new insights into a venerable survivor. 

Session 4 Molecular Biology to understand the pandemic (Chair Rachel Purcell)

1.30-2.00 Dr Joep de Ligt , Institute of Environmental and Science Research
Genomics at the bedside or the frontline

2.00-2.30 Dr Jemma Geoghegan, University of Otago
Genomics of COVID19 in New Zealand

Session 5 Awards Session (Chair Austen Ganley)

3.00-3.30 Illumina Emerging Researcher Award
Dr William Schierding, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
How your Epigenome Protects you from your Genome (Long Distance Compensatory Regulation)

3.30-4.00  Thermo Fisher Scientific Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology Dr Maren Wellenreuther, Plant and Food Research and University of Auckland, 
Harnessing the power of genomics to secure a sustainable blue future 


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Thanks to our sponsors who have supported us through thick and thin in the difficult times

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Maurice Wilkins Centre




New England Biolabs

Millennium Science

Ngaio Diagnostics








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Queenstown Research Week is New Zealand’s biggest annual scientific gathering.  It is a week of co-ordinated meetings covering a wide range of areas in biological sciences.  The concept has developed from three different iconic New Zealand scientific meetings: the NZ Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci – incorporating the annual meetings of the NZ Society of Endocrinology and Physiological Society of NZ), Queenstown Molecular Biology Meetings, and the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research.  These meetings agreed to co-ordinate their meeting programmes in order to create critical mass, and QRW hosts these and a range of other important focussed satellite meetings each year.

Key Dates:
Friday 19 July, 2019
QRW Earlybird Registration Deadline
Friday 19 July, 2019
QRW Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 19 July, 2019
AWCBR Early Bird Registration. NOTE: Abstract Submission Deadline 12th July.
Friday 26 July, 2019
Major Awards Application Deadline
QRW Updates: