Latest News for 05/2020
01 May 2020
Whole genome sequencing gives new insights into cancer genomics Summary By analysing genomic data from worms, scientists detailed how mutations are caused by a combination of DNA damage and inaccurate repair This shows that a single DNA-damaging agent can generate a multitude of mutational signatures depending on the repair mechanisms involved in fixing the original damage The research could help pinpoint the causes of mutations found in the genomes of cancer patients and healthy individuals
16 Aug 2019
Over 50 undergraduate students have been undertaking life science summer projects within the University over the past few months. They presented their research projects at the Annual Summer School Symposium that took place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August.
24 Sep 2018
University of Dundee scientists have been awarded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grants totalling more than £1 million to fund their research into cancer and diabetes.
17 Aug 2018
Life Sciences hosted over 50 students this Summer. This week, no less than 40 students, from Dundee, the rest of Scotland and the UK, but also from abroad as far afield as Singapore, presented their results in this years’ summer students symposium. There were two amazing afternoons with excellent and very well-structured talks. Anton Gartner, Summer School Academic Lead, learnt a lot from the student talks, which covered to diverse research undertaken in the School. Highlights included:
01 May 2018
An interdisciplinary research collaboration has taken a significant step towards understanding the mutational causes of cancers, a finding which may one day lead to personalised cancer treatment. The team from the University of Dundee, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Wellcome Sanger Institute used a type of worm called C. elegans as a model to study how cancer-causing genetic mutations arise when DNA is inaccurately replicated or when damaged DNA is not repaired.
20 Feb 2018
Research from Professor Anton Gartner’s group in the Centre for Gene Expression and Regulation has provided new information on the mechanics of cell division. Published today in Nature Communications, the work shows the role of a particular protein in this process that may have implications in understanding some types of breast and ovarian cancer.
02 Feb 2018
Research in the laboratory of Professor Anton Gartner has discovered two novel molecules that could help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. The work published in back to back papers in PLOS Genetics show that these two molecules protect against loss of dopaminergic neurons. This loss is one of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease.
24 Jan 2018
The charity Worldwide Cancer Research has awarded a School of Life Sciences researcher just over £200,000 to study ways to improve the use of chemotherapy. The research, led by Professor Anton Gartner from the Centre of Gene Regulation and Expression, could one day help identify people who would benefit the most from a particular type of treatment.
12 May 2017
Scientists in the School have solved a mystery concerning one of the most fundamental processes in cell biology, in a new discovery that they hope may help to tackle cancer one day.
29 Jan 2014
The College of Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Anton Gartner as Professor of Genetics at the University of Dundee. Anton Gartner, a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression joined the College of Life Sciences in 2004 as a CRUK Research Fellow and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2010.