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February 2022

  • 28 Feb 2022

    Our annual Honours Project Symposium 2021 took place virtually at the end of term in December. On Friday, the prize winners were awarded their prizes.

  • Dr Rastko Sknepnek and Professor Kees Weijer
    23 Feb 2022

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have been awarded £2.1 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to determine how thousands of cells self-organise to form the embryonic body plan. The project, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford and University College London, is one of nine funded by an £18 million investment from UKRI and Wellcome through the Physics of Life Strategic Priorities Fund.

  • Professor Jeff Williams
    14 Feb 2022

    Jeffrey Williams, world-leading expert on cell differentiation and a member of the division of Cell and Developmental Biology for 18 years until his retirement in 2016, died in January 2022.   Jeff was well known and highly respected world-wide for his influential work on the molecular control of cell differentiation in the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum. During his career, he published 178 articles.

  • Martin Balcerowicz
    07 Feb 2022

    Martin Balcerowicz joined the School in January to establish his own laboratory in the Division of Plant Sciences. He undertakes an Independent Investigator position which will be supported by a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society. Martin’s research focuses on how temperature affects gene expression in plants, and how such changes are translated into growth responses. Temperature change has direct agricultural impacts wherein wheat and barley, each 1 °C increase above optimal growth temperature reduces crop yield by 5-6 %.

  • Kirby Swatek
    01 Feb 2022

    Kirby Swatek opened an independent research laboratory in the MRC PPU at the beginning of 2022. He has taken up a core funded MRC Investigator position to investigate the role played by the ubiquitin-like protein ISG15 in key immune responses that protect cells from invading viruses.