Yu and Ivan attended the ANZMAG 2015 conference that was held in Paihia, New Zealand.

Ivan was an invited speaker to the conference. He gave a Talk on Monday afternoon on the mechanistic studies of glutathione-dependent formaldehyde activating enzyme (GFA), a piece of work that Ivan has started working on during his post-doc years at Oxford (in collaboration with and led by Dr Richard Hopkinson). The project was only just completed a couple of months ago and a paper is currently under review.

On Tuesday afternoon, Yu presented her poster on an NMR-based assay that she developed to study the activity and inhibition of polyphenol oxidase, a piece of work that was done in collaboration with Professor Paul Kilmartin. Yu is currently trying to finish off some remaining experiments and then she will start writing the work up for publication.

On Wednesday afternoon, we had a free afternoon and we had an excursion to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn about the history of New Zealand.

Ivan speaking at the “Biomolecular Dynamics, Interaction and Methods” session
Yu with her poster during coffee break
The conference was held in the beautiful Copthorne Hotel and Resort near Paihia in the Bay of Islands
Yu posing with the performers of the Waitangi Treaty Ground’s resident performance group “Te Pitowhenua”