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Today the University of Otago announced that their Christchurch base is open again.*

Although their article article talks of the medical students, the school is also home to several research teams.

These research teams have been displaced all over the city over the past two years that the building was closed due to earthquake damage.

One PI** told me that some of his days were cycle tours, connecting with his students wherever they had found a research ‘home’ in the city. Another I bumped into (almost literally!) while visiting a biotechnology firm and learnt the firm had offered space to host her team. I’m sure other teams have similar stories.

The research teams started moving back into the building late last year. I imagine they’re delighted to be under one roof again, although the city areas to the east will seem bleak and limited compared to what they once were.

Despite the disruptions they’ve managed to keep some things going. Some will have no doubt lost team members. Hopefully the research teams now mainly have to face more routine hassles, like those grant applications!

Footnotes

* The website has them as University of Otago, Christchurch. I still think of them as the Christchurch Medical School. I worked there for a time a number of years ago. Christchurch is my hometown.

** Principal Investigator – scientists’ shorthand for ‘team leader’.


Other articles at Code for life:

Earthquake at Christchurch

The psychology of the Christchurch earthquakes

When things grow wild – post-earthquake natural succession in Christchurch gardens

Coiling bacterial DNA

Genetic tests and personalised medicine

Haemophilia – towards a cure using genetic engineering