University of Dundee

Latest News for 12/2019

December 2019

  • 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.

  • Dr Sarah McKim in the lab holding a piece of barley
    12 Nov 2019

    Dr Sarah McKim from the Division of Plant Sciences has been awarded tenure. Sarah’s research explores genetic and molecular mechanisms which control how cereal plants develop. In particular, her lab focuses on understanding the developmental genetics of architectural traits in barley which can influence grain yield and quality. 

  • 07 Nov 2019

    A researcher from the School has been presented with a prestigious science award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). Azul Zorzoli, a PhD student from Argentina, has received the Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize, which recognises outstanding academic excellence in postgraduate researchers.

  • from left to right: Vladimir Borodkin, Andrii Gorelik, Daan van Aalten, Andrew Ferenbach, Sergio Galan Bartual
    07 Nov 2019

    A University of Dundee discovery has the potential to help scientists better understand neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Researchers, led by Professor Daan van Aalten in the School, have developed a new way to tag proteins in human cells with a small sugar molecule called O-GlcNAc. There are over 20,000 proteins in every human cell and approximately 20% of these contain O-GlcNAc. The exact role played by O-GlcNAc remains a mystery but the molecule is found on proteins related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and intellectual disability.

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