University of Dundee

SULSA funding success for early career researchers

26 Jul 2022

Early career researchers in the School have received support from the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) to establish new life sciences networks by providing funds towards the running of a network event. Valentina Spiteri, Charlotte Crowe, and Mark Nakasone, all from Alessio Ciulli’s laboratory, were awarded funding to establish an early career targeted protein degradation network and a cryo-EM in drug discovery network. 

Later this year, the first dedicated academic centre for targeted protein degradation will open in Dundee. Valentina’s early career targeted protein degradation (EC-TPD) network will bring together early career researchers from across Scotland and the wider UK to Dundee for a focused meeting. ECRs will meet each other, discuss their projects, build their personal networks in TPD, and interact with established experts in TPD. 

The School commissioned a new state-of-the-art 200 kV Glacios microscope which opened this month in Dundee. Mark and Charlotte’s inclusive Scottish cryo-electron microscopy in drug discovery (iSCEM-DD) network will bring together cryo-EM experts from across Scotland to train ECRs in the application of cryo-EM for their drug discovery projects. 

About the scheme 

This new scheme from SULSA aims to support new and existing networks by providing funds towards the running of a network event. The Network must fall within the SULSA Life Sciences remit which includes everything from human health to animals, plants, and microbes, with the Networks led by a Scottish University(ies). The network must be cross-university and promote and benefit cross-university working it’s in activities. The bursary is open to all levels (UG, PhD, ECR and mid-career). 

Further details on the scheme: https://sulsa.ac.uk/sulsa-network-support/  

Next round opens in September 2022. 

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