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December 2019

  • PiCLS Committee 2018-19
    20 Dec 2019

    Elena Purlyte, lead of the PiCLS committee between May 2018 until September 2019, has looked back on the achievements of the committee during her tenure. Elena said, “These were truly great and inspiring years working with amazing and motivated people to make the PhD student experience in the School of Life Sciences just a little bit better.”

  • from left: Gabriel Sollberger, David Murray, Megan Bergkessel, Adrien Rousseau & Leeanne McGurk
    20 Dec 2019

    The Careers in Academia and Beyond seminar series organised by the SLS Research Staff Association (SLSRSA) continued this week with a focus on the transition from Postdoctoral researcher to Principal Investigator. A mixed audience of postdocs and PhD students gathered to hear from a panel of newly appointed PIs within SLS. In this informal discussion format we were able to ask the PIs to reflect on the successes and challenges they faced to date, to share their experiences and advice on applying for PI positions and to reveal their thoughts on becoming a PI.

  • Professor Geoff Gadd
    18 Dec 2019

    Professor Geoff Gadd, Head of the Geomicrobiology Group, has been recognised twice in recent months through two different awards for research excellence and its contribution across scientific disciplines.

  • 13 Dec 2019

    Mike Hannan with the stores team for the third year organised a collection point for the Dundee Christmas Toy Appeal that is led by Dundee City Council. Each year the toy appeal team reach out to all their contacts and beyond asking for help in making Christmas a very special time for children who have been identified as likely to receive little or no gifts over Christmas. This year, staff and students from the School smashed the amount that was collected compared to last year.

  • SLS Sustainability Team at NWH sorting facility
    11 Dec 2019

    The School of Life Sciences Sustainability Action Team recognises that SLS produces quite a large amount of polymer waste, some of which is not biologically contaminated and therefore fit for recycling. In early Autumn, the team visited the sorting facility of NWH, our waste contractor in order to discuss first hand what best practice should be. The team were met by a number of members of NWH who explained how the facility operates. They were Willie Sinclair, the account manager; Ronnie, the waste specialist and Kevin, the depot manager.

  • Melissa D'Ascenzio
    05 Dec 2019

    Dr Melissa D'Ascenzio, a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the D’Arcy Thompson Unit, has passed her three-year probation period at the University.

  • From left: Leeanne McGurk, Megan Bergkessel and Gabriel Sollberger
    04 Dec 2019

    The School has welcomed three new group leaders in recent months. They are currently establishing their laboratories across three of our divisions. Leeanne McGurk has joined the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology, Megan Bergkessel has joined the Division of Molecular Microbiology while Gabriel Sollberger has joined the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology. Leeanne McGurk Leeanne joins the School from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia where she was a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Nancy Bonini.  

November 2019

  • Clockwise from top left: Dr Andrea Testa, Dr Scott Hughes, Dr Jane Wright &  Dr Xavier Lucas with macroPROTAC
    27 Nov 2019

    Researchers in the Ciulli group report a first study describing the idea of a macrocyclic PROTAC. The research was published in the prestigious chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie. PROTACs (for proteolysis-targeting chimeras) are double-headed molecules composed of a ligand for a target protein and a ligand for an E3 ubiquitin ligase, chemically joined by a flexible linker. The PROTAC simultaneously recruits the target protein and the E3 ligase into close proximity, and this leads to the target protein being destroyed inside the cell.

  • School of Life Sciences Research Complex at sunset
    21 Nov 2019

    The University of Dundee has been placed highly in the UK for the commercialisation of research in the recent Octopus Ventures Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking 2019. Dundee has been ranked 6th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for our success in converting research into successful companies.

  • Professor David Horn
    21 Nov 2019

    Professor David Horn has received a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to global efforts to overcome the disease known as African sleeping sickness. Professor Horn was presented with the William Trager Award at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in National Harbor, near Washington DC.

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