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June 2022

  • Graduation Reception
    29 Jun 2022

    Over the past two weeks, the University of Dundee has been celebrating graduation. Last week, the graduands from 2022 crossed the stage at the Caird Hall to receive their degrees. This week we have welcomed back the classes of 2020 and 2021 who missed out on an in-person event due to the covid pandemic. Alongside the University led events of the graduation ceremony, garden party and ball, the School hosted a Graduation Reception in the Street area for the graduates, friends, family and staff.

  • Alison McFarlane
    28 Jun 2022

    Alison McFarlane, a final year PhD student in Dr Ignacio Moragas lab in the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology has been awarded a 2 year Science and Business Fellowship at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies Of Johnson & Johnson in Leiden, Netherlands.   The Science & Business Fellowship started in June 2022 and is aimed at developing business and leadership skills, in addition to expanding research experience. In this way participants can develop into the (scientific) leaders of the future.  

  • Dr Escudero-Martinez illustrating the barley rhizosphere
    27 Jun 2022

    The thin layer of soil surrounding plant roots, an interface that scientists define as the rhizosphere, is a habitat for a multitude of microorganisms collectively referred to as the rhizosphere microbiota. In analogy with the microbiota populating the digestive tract of vertebrate, the rhizosphere microbiota can promote the health, development and growth of their host plants. Thus, the rhizosphere microbiota emerges as a renewable alternative to synthetic agrochemicals.  

  • Professor Sir Michael Ferguson
    23 Jun 2022

    UK Biobank recently announced the appointment of Professor Sir Michael Ferguson to its Board. The board is responsible for UK Biobank’s governance, management and strategic direction.   Nicola Perrin MBE, CEO of the Association of Medical Research Charities, was also appointed. The board will greatly benefit from their combined expertise and decades of experience in the Life Sciences sector. 

  • Jireh and Jasleen De Guzman
    22 Jun 2022

    Two sisters will make the University of Dundee’s Graduation celebrations a family affair this week. Jireh and Jasleen de Guzman will cross the Caird Hall stage to collect their qualifications at the same ceremony on Friday, watched on by their nearest and dearest. The pair, from Brechin, have gained qualifications in the Life Sciences sector with Jireh set to collect a BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology with a Year in Industry, and Jasleen an Integrated Masters in Biochemistry.

  • 20 Jun 2022

    The University of Dundee is among the UK research organisations to benefit from a £118 million funding package to accelerate knowledge exchange, translation and commercialisation. Dundee will receive £1.61 million over the next three years as part of the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) investment made by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The initiative will support critical early-stage translation of research to transform public services, create new jobs, attract private investment, and forge new partnerships with business and charities.

  • Jin Rui (Amos) Liang
    08 Jun 2022

    Jin Rui (Amos) Liang has opened his laboratory in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU). Amos intends to identify and characterise other novel factors that regulate ERphagy. He will also explore the physiological roles of ERphagy and investigate how ERphagy is disrupted in diseases such as cancer.

  • Dr Mathieu Soetens with colleagues outside the University of Dundee's School of Life Sciences building
    02 Jun 2022

    All roads lead west for a University of Dundee scientist who is using pedal power to fund research into Parkinson’s disease. Dr Mathieu Soetens, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dundee’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, will be in the saddle for a fortnight as he attempts to ride to one of Scotland’s most westerly points. From Friday 3 June, he will be pedalling hundreds of miles – as well as hopping on the odd boat – to complete his journey to St Kilda, which he is embarking upon in aid of the Dundee Parkinson’s Research Campaign.

  • Tricia Cohen
    02 Jun 2022

    The EMBO Workshop entitled “Reversible phosphorylation, signal integration and drug discovery” concluded last week in Vouliagmeni, near Athens, Greece  with a special lecture to mark the seminal contributions made by Tricia Cohen to the field of Protein Phosphatases. The lecture, sponsored by the International Union of Biochemistry (IUBMB), was given by Alexandra Newton of the University of California at San Diego and entitled “Protein kinase C emerging from quarantine: Phosphate as a safety switch”.