26 Aug 2013
In new findings, that bridge the prokaryote-eukaryote divide, a bacteriophage tail spike auto-proteolytic cleavage mechanism has been shown to be strictly homologous to a cleavage mechanism that liberates the active portion of a eukaryotic membrane-tethered transcription factor. This remarkable finding has now been obtained for the Myelin Gene Regulatory Factors, of mouse, human and, in the laboratory of Jeff Williams, for the Dictyostelium orthologue (JCS in press).
16 Aug 2013
Limited availability of fossil fuels stimulates the search for different energy resources. The use of biofuels is one of the alternatives. Sugars derived from the grain of agricultural crops can be used to produce biofuel but these crops occupy fertile soils needed for food and feed production. Fast growing plants such as poplar, eucalyptus, or various grass residues such as corn stover and sugarcane bagasse do not compete and can be a sustainable source for biofuel.
15 Aug 2013
A collaboration between the Rocha, Swedlow, Lamond and Blow groups in GRE has found a new and unexpected link between cell division and oxygen sensing. This is reported in an article published in Developmental Cell, where Moser et. al., identified that the protein Cep192 is a novel target for oxygen sensing enzymes.
14 Aug 2013
Michael Ferguson, Regius Professor and Dean of Research in the College of Life Sciences, was presented with the Royal Medal in Edinburgh on Monday in recognition of his work in drug discovery to combat parasites and for his leadership of a “world-class” team of scientists. The medal represents the pinnacle of the awards made by the RSE and was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh on his first official engagement since June.
05 Aug 2013
Dr Victoria Cowling, of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been awarded a prestigious Medical Research Council Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship to continue her ground breaking research on how mutations in cancer genes can result in tumours forming. The Fellowship will provide Dr Cowling, who is based in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at Dundee, with £2.5million over seven years to build upon the discoveries that her research group has made over the last five years.
02 Aug 2013
Research led by scientists at the University of Dundee has uncovered the workings of a “bacterial raincoat” that helps to protect bacteria from the changing environment in which they live.
01 Aug 2013
Professor Tracy Palmer, Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, was awarded two BBSRC grants in their recent funding round which will bring £0.75 million to the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. She has been awarded £0.4 million for a postdoc grant entitled ‘Coordinating different protein translocation machineries during assembly of a membrane protein’ and £07.M (£0.35 million to UoD) for a 2 postdoc grant ‘Exploiting the structure of the twin-arginine protein translocase core’ which will fund one postdoc in Dundee and one in Oxford.