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April 2021

  • (From left) - Dr Harinath Doodhi and Professor Tomo Tanaka
    16 Apr 2021

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered novel mechanisms for chromosome inheritance by recreating this process in a test tube.

  • Professor Jason Swedlow
    16 Apr 2021

    A University of Dundee scientist has accepted a role to lead a $55 million initiative aiming to create a “tissue time machine” to fight disease. Jason Swedlow, Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology at Dundee’s School of Life Sciences, has been seconded to the position of Programme Director of Delta Tissue, a global effort to predict the future state of human tissue and the efficacy of available treatments for individuals diagnosed with some of the world’s deadliest diseases.

  • Artist impression of Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation lab
    14 Apr 2021

    A new translational research centre will bolster the University of Dundee’s world-leading position in a field of chemical biology that is revolutionising drug discovery, while helping to facilitate the development of high growth companies and create skilled jobs.

  • Drs Conneely and Hickerson
    13 Apr 2021

    A near-£1 million investment will help University of Dundee spinout company Ten Bio Ltd to commercialise the human skin culture system it developed to provide a viable alternative for many experiments currently performed on animals. Led by TRICAPITAL LTD and with matched funding from Scottish Enterprise, the investment of £911,000 will enable the company to progress its mission to transform the testing of new pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Initial launch of the company’s brand will be in the US, where the majority of potential customers are based.

  • Fergus Buchanan
    01 Apr 2021

    In the summer of 2019, undergraduate student Fergus Buchanan undertook a lab project with Dr Alan Prescott. The research undertaken has been published in Frontiers in Immunology as part of a collaboration with the group of Diego Gomez-Nicola in Southampton. The Pathological Society funded summer school project allowed Fergus to gain confocal and electron microscopy experience from one of the School’s foremost experts over a 12 week period.

March 2021

  • Cross-section of a barley flower immunolabelled. Credit: Dr Laura Wilkinson
    18 Mar 2021

    The productivity of cereal crops could get a boost in the future thanks to the discovery of new roles for a master gene regulator that influences the development of barley florets, furthering the understanding of grain development including impacts on grain shape and yield. A new study from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, working with partners in the UK and Australia, has shown that a gene encoding a protein called HvAPETALA2 (HvAP2) has a role in the development of florets and grain.

  • Pic show Professors Alessio Ciulli (L) and Sir Mike Ferguson (R)
    17 Mar 2021

    Amphista Therapeutics, a University of Dundee spinout company, has announced a near-£40 million investment that will further its work to develop new drugs for a range of diseases. Amphista is a biopharmaceutical company creating first-in-class therapeutics that harness the body’s natural processes to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins. The company is a spinout from Professor Alessio Ciulli’s labs at the University’s School of Life Sciences.

  • Clockwise from left: Vicky Cowling, Andrei Pisliakov, Rajaei Almohammed, Marcus Bage
    16 Mar 2021

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have identified novel interaction sites on the mRNA Capping Enzyme that are essential for its activity. The results, which have implications for how gene expression is regulated in human cells and could lead to new treatment strategies for diseases such as cancer, are published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.

  • 15 Mar 2021

    A University of Dundee masterclass could help to inspire the city’s next generation of bio-entrepreneurs. Dr Deborah O’Neil, founder and CEO of leading clinical-stage biotechnology company Novabiotics, will be sharing her experiences in the world of business as host of the University’s latest Entrepreneurial Masterclass. With more than two decades of experience in anti-infective drug discovery research and development, she will share the secrets of her success at "Actually Doing It - The Start of Your Journey as a Bio-Entrepreneur,” on Wednesday 17 March.

  • Ageing Society
    11 Mar 2021

    The impact that an ageing population has on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and societies, and what we can do to address these challenges, will be the focus of a University of Dundee lecture.

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