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Dr Serean Adams has been re-elected to the Board of Governors of the international Society for Cryobiology
24 March 2016

International recognition for icy work

A Cawthron scientist with a flair for freezing things has earned international recognition.

Dr Serean Adams, who leads the cryopreservation programme at Cawthron, has just been re-elected to the Board of Governors of the international Society for Cryobiology.

It's her second term on the board, and she's found it a wonderful way to keep in touch with peers around the world. Cryobiology means, literally, the science of life at icy temperatures, and has applications for preserving cells for long-term storage, freeze-drying pharmaceuticals, investigating cold-adaptation of plants and animals, and surgery at low temperatures.

Cawthron has pioneered some methods of cryobiology, including preserving the eggs of aquatic species, and continues to lead New Zealand in the field. Dr Adams' specialty is developing cryopreservation methods for shellfish to use in commercial breeding programmes. But she says the cross-pollination of other disciplines internationally helps make local science stronger.

"Through the society I've met a lot of people who work with other aquatic species, and have contact with people in Spain, China, Portugal, the UK, and North America," she says. "It's another little community of people that do the same thing you do. You can share stories and bounce ideas off them, and they have good ideas for you as well."

Her work with the board gives her a lot of contact with scientists involved in other disciplines, including working with red blood cells, organs, and mammalian cells.

"You get that flow of ideas between different groups; a really diverse range of people. It broadens your horizons in the potential applications of what you do."

Find out more:

Contact Dr Serean Adams
Phone: +64 3 548 2319 ext 331 or 733

See how we're using cryobiology to improve selective breeding of shellfish