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May 2022

  • 12 May 2022

    The results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced today. Dundee is the top-ranking University for Biological Sciences research, a position we have maintained since the last REF exercise in 2014. The REF2021 assessment has scored SLS as having a total of 71% of its activities being ‘world leading’ (4*) and 28% of its activities being ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).

  • Professor Vicky Cowling
    04 May 2022

    Professor Vicky Cowling has taken up a new position as a Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Beatson Institute in Glasgow. Vicky joined the School of Life Sciences in 2007 to establish her first independent research group. Her team established that formation of a key structure in gene expression, the RNA cap, is regulated by cellular signals and this impacts on which genes are expressed in health and disease.

January 2022

  • 19 Jan 2022

    Review of the Year 2021 took place virtually today with the former Interim Dean, Inke Näthke sharing the highlights of activity within the School from 2021. Returning Dean, Julian Blow concluded the review with a look to the future where he highlighted plans for the coming year. The Review included the presentation of the annual School prizes. Here are the winners: People’s Award The People’s Award is for positive contributions to School culture.

  • Tony Ly
    11 Jan 2022

    Latest research from the lab of Dr Tony Ly describes a new proteomic analysis methodology for samples with a low cell number. This method could assist researchers across the globe when analysing rare cell subsets in the body, including immune cells and circulating tumour cells. The work was published in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics.

December 2021

  • Professor Julian Blow and Professor Miratul Muqit
    16 Dec 2021

    The Royal Society’s first open access title, Open Biology, has reached its 10th Anniversary. To kick off a year of celebration, Subject Editors have highlighted their favourite articles from the past decade. Of the nine top publications selected, two are from Dundee, with work from the research groups of Julian Blow and Miratul Muqit being highlighted. 

November 2021

  • Seraina Blümli and Nicola Wiechens
    09 Nov 2021

    PhD Student Seraina Blümli and colleagues from the Owen-Hughes lab show the ARID1A subunit of the BAF chromatin remodelling complex organised nucleosomes flanking pluripotency transcription factors and association of the coactivator EP300. Following degradation of ARID1A, dissociation of EP300 at enhancers is associated with downregulation of transcription and EP300 reassociation with upregulation. Few genes are directly affected but widespread indirect effects accumulate slowly to phenocopy a premalignant state. 

July 2021

  • SARS-CoV-2 (Credit: Photo by CDC on Unsplash)
    05 Jul 2021

    Seven new papers have been published this month in The Biochemical Journal, representing a major collaboration between multiple groups at the Francis Crick Institute in London, University College London and The University of Dundee.  Led by John Diffley at the Francis Crick Institute, with important contributions in Dundee from the groups of Yogesh Kulathu and Karim Labib in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, together with Vicky Cowling in the division of Gene Regulation and Expression, the idea was to ‘repurpose’ existing drugs to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus that caus

June 2021

  • From left: Professor David Gray (credit: John Post) and Professor Jason Swedlow
    11 Jun 2021

    Researchers at the University of Dundee are among those celebrating being named in HM The Queen’s birthday honours. David Gray, Head of Biology and Professor of Translational Biology at the University’s Drug Discovery Unit, has been given a BEM for services to the Delivery of Testing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 2021

  • 06 May 2021

    The Lamond group have been awarded a £1.128 million BBSRC research grant to support new studies that will dissect RNA processing mechanisms in the nuclei of human cells. These studies can help to explain molecular mechanisms involved in human diseases, including inherited disorders, cancer and viral infection and may identify new potential drug targets and protein biomarkers for future therapeutic applications.

April 2021

  • Alejandro Brenes
    29 Apr 2021

    Findings from a University of Dundee study help to explain why some females may be more predisposed to disease, suffer worse outcomes of virus infection such as Covid-19, or why they respond differently to drug therapies. Researchers from the University’s School of Life Sciences have discovered that the control of genes on X chromosomes in females can cause much wider effects on cells than previously realised.