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January 2022

  • Left: Current lab members Hina Ojha and Olawale Raimi who co-led the work. Right: AlphaFold model of human PINK1.
    20 Jan 2022

    Mutations in PINK1 are the second most frequent cause of autosomal recessive early-onset Parkinson’s disease. PINK1 is activated upon mitochondrial damage to phosphorylate Ubiquitin and Parkin to stimulate Parkin E3 ligase activity, and this is critical for removal of damaged mitochondria by autophagy (mitophagy).

  • 19 Jan 2022

    Review of the Year 2021 took place virtually today with the former Interim Dean, Inke Näthke sharing the highlights of activity within the School from 2021. Returning Dean, Julian Blow concluded the review with a look to the future where he highlighted plans for the coming year. The Review included the presentation of the annual School prizes. Here are the winners: People’s Award The People’s Award is for positive contributions to School culture.

  • 19 Jan 2022

    A parasitic infection that affects millions of people around the world is to be targeted by a £2.5 million drug discovery programme at the Universities of Dundee, Aberystwyth and Cardiff. Schistosomiasis, also known as Bilharzia, is a parasitic infection caused by tiny flatworms that live within the blood vessels around either the intestines or bladder. The infection is found in many tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world and is estimated to cause more than 230 million clinical cases every year.

  • From left: Emily Dickie and Bill Carton
    19 Jan 2022

    Two researchers from the MRC PPU have been awarded places in the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) Forging Futures Scheme. Bill Carton (Sapkota lab) and Emily Dickie (Alessi lab) will represent the University of Dundee in the scheme, which is running for the first time in 2022.

  • Pictured from left to right: Lucie Ellis-Taitt, Alessio Ciulli, Nicki Thompson, and Amol Rajan
    18 Jan 2022

    Amphista Therapeutics, the spin out company from the lab of Professor Alessio Ciulli, was awarded the ‘Financing Deal of the Year’ award 2021 at the Scrip Awards last month. This was in recognition of their $53M Series B funding. The annual Scrips Awards applaud the essential role that the pharmaceutical, biotech and other allied industries play in improving healthcare. The awards span the entire range of industry activities, from new drug launches and clinical trials, to innovative deals, outsourcing and fundraising.

  • Drug Discovery Unit Biology Lab
    17 Jan 2022

    Experts at the University’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) have been awarded a grant of $5 million over the next three years to support the Structure-guided Drug Discovery Coalition (SDDC). The consortium is working to identify lead compounds which can be used to develop advanced drug discovery programmes against malaria and tuberculosis.

  • 12 Jan 2022

    Daylight is made from a spectrum of wavelengths and plants possess receptors that can detect red and blue light. Blue light is important for plant growth and yet inhibits the immune response of potato plants to Phytophthora infestans, making them more susceptible to potato late blight, a research team featuring plant scientists from the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee has discovered.

  • Tony Ly
    11 Jan 2022

    Latest research from the lab of Dr Tony Ly describes a new proteomic analysis methodology for samples with a low cell number. This method could assist researchers across the globe when analysing rare cell subsets in the body, including immune cells and circulating tumour cells. The work was published in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics.

  • Race Equality Charter Bronze Award logo
    10 Jan 2022

    The University of Dundee has been awarded the Bronze mark of the Race Equality Charter, for a period of five years. The award is granted by Advance HE via a peer review process and recognises the work the University has done so far to meet the standards of the Race Equality Charter and improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.