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October 2019

  • Dundee-based authors from left: Raja Nirujogi, Axel Knebel, Francesca Tonelli, Pawel Lis , Kerryn Berndsen, Thomas Macartney and Mark Dorward.
    31 Oct 2019

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have made a discovery they believe has the potential to put the brakes on the ‘runaway train’ that is Parkinson’s disease. The team, based at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) in the School of Life Sciences, have discovered a new enzyme that inhibits the LRRK2 pathway. Mutations of the LRRK2 gene are the most common cause of genetic Parkinson’s.

  • 31 Oct 2019

    Professor David Lilley has been made a visiting professor at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Nankai is one of the top 20 universities in China and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Professor Lilley visited Nankai university last week where he was presented with the official notification of his professorship. He then delivered a lecture to students and scientists within the Pharmaceutical Chemistry department of the university.

  • Alessio Ciulli at Galien Foundation
    29 Oct 2019

    School of Life Science’s Professor Alessio Ciulli was amongst a selected group of world’s leading expert scientists and key opinion leaders who spoke at the Galien Forum on October 24, 2019, at the Alexandria Center in New York City. Alessio’s panel, entitled ‘Drugging the Undruggable with Novel Approaches to Small Molecule Design’, was chaired by Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer and President, Worldwide Research, Development and Medical, Mikael Dolsten.

  • SLS 3rd year PhD poster session
    24 Oct 2019

    The annual third year PhD poster session took place this week with excellent entries from 27 students across the School. Each poster was judged by three of the 14 judges who included PIs and senior postdoctoral researchers.

  • PiCLS Symposium 21019 Organisation Committee with guest speakers
    21 Oct 2019

    The annual PiCLS Symposium 2019 took place last week at West Park Conference Centre. The event involved fabulous talks given by guest speakers, Wendy Bickmore, Helmut Grubmuller, Donita Brady, Benjamin Parcell and Hao Wu, interspersed with flash talks and poster sessions given by members of the postgraduate community in the School. Flash talks winners:

  • From left: Ben Meyer, Azul Zorzoli & Helge Dorfmueller
    18 Oct 2019

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered an enzyme they believe could be key to preventing Group A Streptococcus infections that cause more than 500,000 deaths worldwide each year.

  • Image credit: "T Lymphocyte" by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
    07 Oct 2019

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies into how immune cells sense and respond to their environment to fight infection and destroy tumours. The research team, who have published their findings in the journal Nature Immunology, said the results provide important insights into how immune responses might be manipulated for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer.

  • 03 Oct 2019

    Biological Sciences courses at the University of Dundee have been ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The rankings are calculated from a number of categories including teaching quality, student experience, research quality and graduate prospects. Other subjects connected with the School have also been ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Anatomy and Physiology ranked 4th with Pharmacology and Pharmacy ranked 3rd.

  • Professor David Gray in the DDU laboratory (credit: John Post)
    02 Oct 2019

    David Gray has been promoted to Personal Chair. He takes the title of Professor of Translational Biology which is in recognition of his extensive work within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR).

  • 01 Oct 2019

    On October 1st 1969 Philip Cohen became a postdoc in Edmond Fischer’s at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and started his research on protein phosphorylation. At that time only three protein kinases had been identified and protein phosphorylation was thought-to-be a specialised control mechanism confined to the regulation of glycogen metabolism.