07 Nov 2018
Scientists in the School have confirmed that a key cellular pathway that protects the brain from damage is disrupted in Parkinson’s patients, raising the possibility of new treatments for the disease. Parkinson’s is a disabling disorder of the brain for which there is no cure. Mutations in two genes called PINK1 and Parkin are associated with early-onset forms of Parkinson’s. Both encode distinct classes of enzymes that play a pivotal role in protecting the brain against stress.
06 Nov 2018
PhD students from the MRC PPU took part in the Biotechnology YES 2018 entrepreneurial competition last week. Luke Fulcher (Sapkota lab), Lambert Montava Garriga (Ganley lab), Maria Zachari (Ganley lab) and Marianna Longo (Ganley lab) formed the team “AllerTek” which sought to combat the presence of food allergens in meals. The biotechnology YES competition allows PhD students from across the UK to compete against each other with their ideas in a “dragons den” style pitch to secure theoretical funding for their innovation.
05 Nov 2018
The success of a University of Dundee collaboration that has attracted almost £60 million of investment, helped develop dozens of drugs for clinical use and won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Award will be celebrated this week. Scientists, politicians and representatives of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies will come together to mark the 20th anniversary of the University of Dundee’s Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT).
25 Oct 2018
Yesterday, saw our annual poster session for our third year PhD students take place in the School. The event allows our students to present their research findings to attendees from across the School. The day was a great success with lots of insightful scientific conversations taking place.
24 Oct 2018
In recognition of the ongoing commitment to gender equality for all in our University community, the School has been granted a new Athena SWAN award. The School now holds a Silver Award following our previous Bronze Award granted in 2015.
23 Oct 2018
Kim Dale and Miratul Muqit have been promoted to Personal Chair (Professor) as part of the 2018 Annual Review process for academic staff.
17 Oct 2018
Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr Richard Henderson gave the Peter Garland Lecture today, the 15th Nobel Laureate to do so. Dr Henderson was awarded his Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution" in 2017. He continues his research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and gave his lecture on "The increasing power of electron cryomicroscopy".
11 Oct 2018
Three of our undergraduate students were recognised in the Undergraduate Awards 2018. Emma Sands, Emily Scott and Daniel Squair were Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category. This means that they were in the top 10% for their category and this included entrants from students across the world! The awards aim to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Our students submitted work based on their fourth year honours project.
10 Oct 2018
In a novel twist for researchers who actively develop drugs to combat tropical diseases, a group of scientists at the University of Dundee have been honoured for putting an end to a promising piece of research.
05 Oct 2018
The work of scientists in some of Africa’s remotest communities is about to be transformed by the University of Dundee. A team from the University’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) will travel to Malawi this week with crates of apparatus to be distributed to local researchers. Part of an ongoing initiative by the University’s School of Life Sciences to support scientists in the developing world, four members of staff from the WCAIR flew out to Africa on yesterday.