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22 Jan 2020
Professors Vicky Cowling and Tomo Tanaka were given Investigator Awards from Wellcome in the recent funding round. Vicky’s award of £1.3M will allow her to take her expertise on mRNA cap regulation in a new direction while Tomo’s award of ~£1.5M will allow him to continue to build new knowledge on the process of cell division. This will fund their programmes of research for 5 years.
17 Apr 2019
One of the most prevalent cancer-causing genes or “oncogenes” is called PI3KCA. Damaging changes or “mutations” in this oncogene are found in many cancers including cancers of the breast, colon, brain, liver, stomach and lung. Understanding how cancer-causing genes such as PIK3CA change the behaviour of our cells is key to developing new therapies for cancer patients.
01 Mar 2019
Academics from the University of Dundee are among leading figures named today as new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy. The new Fellows from the School of Life Sciences are Professor Geoff Barton, Professor of Bioinformatics and Head of the Division of Computational Biology and Professor Victoria Cowling, Professor of Biology and Deputy Head of the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression.
28 Jun 2018
Professor Victoria Cowling was selected by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as one of their case studies for the launch last week of their new prestigious £900 million Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme. In 2007, she was a recipient of UK government funding through a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award. This initial investment in Vicky to allowed her to study a cancer-causing protein called Myc.
09 May 2018
A collaboration between the Schweikert and Cowling research groups in the School of Life Sciences has uncovered a new mechanism of transcription regulation in mammals. The findings have been published in Cell Reports.
07 Dec 2017
A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded €2 million to study how cells respond to infection. Professor Victoria Cowling, from the School of Life Sciences, has been given the European Research Council grant to investigate T cells, key components of the immune system which fight infection and kill cancer cells. Professor Cowling said, “I am delighted to receive this award from the European Research Council. This grant is unusual as it encourages high risk research, in our case funding a new area of research in immunology.
26 Jan 2017
A cancer research project carried out at the School by a local school pupil has reached the final of a prestigious competition. Maria Pisliakova, an S6 pupil at the High School of Dundee, has been selected to present her findings at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition in March.
25 Jan 2017
A new initiative involving reseachers from across Europe; including Professor Victoria Cowling from the School; has been funded by the COST Association. “The European Epitranscriptomics Network” aims to foster the development of the emerging field of Epitranscriptomics, the study of RNA modifications. By understanding the role of RNA modifications in physiology and pathology, novel disease biomarkers and drug targets could be identified.
14 Oct 2016
As part of the 2016 Annual Review process for academic staff Alessio Ciulli, Vicky Cowling, Sonia Rocha and Helen Walden have been promoted to Personal Chair (Professor) and Sarah Coulthurst has been promoted to Reader. “I would like to congratulate these outstanding individuals for their well deserved promotions,” said Professor Julian Blow, Dean of Research in the School of Life Sciences. “Encouraging excellence is a core value of the School but that needs to be followed up with recognition and reward.
22 Jul 2016
Embryonic stem cells have the unique ability to differentiate into the many different cell lineages found in the body.