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October 2021

  • Joana Faria
    28 Oct 2021

    Joana Faria, a postdoctoral researcher in David Horn’s Lab (BCDD-WCAIR) who is moving to establish her own group at the University of York, has been awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize.  “I am so grateful to the Wellcome Trust for supporting me and my research and recognising the importance of the work I have been doing and want to do next in Trypanosomes. I could not be more humbled by this award, especially considering that Trypanosomes are often disregarded as relevant model systems outside the Parasitology community.” 

  • Professor Alessio Ciulli
    21 Oct 2021

    Researchers from the University of Dundee and Promega Corporation have shown how a “three-headed hydra” significantly improves efficacy in a field of chemical biology that is revolutionising drug discovery. Targeted protein degradation co-opts the cell’s natural disposal systems to remove disease-causing proteins and is applicable to diverse therapeutic areas including oncology, inflammation, dermatology, immunology and respiratory diseases.

  • From left: Adam Bond and Connor Craigon
    19 Oct 2021

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have developed a new technology that provides a greater understanding into the biology of ‘undruggable’ diseases. Cells are composed of thousands of interacting proteins and their malfunction is a primary mechanism of disease development. Drug discovery scientists’ goal is to identify these aberrant proteins, understand their function and develop novel compounds to target them.

  • T-cell assassins captured on film hunting down cancer cells and ‘reloading’ to kill again (Credit: University of Cambridge)
    15 Oct 2021

    Collaborative research between the Universities of Dundee and Cambridge has uncovered how ‘assassin’ immune cells are able keep on killing as they hunt down cancer cells, repeatedly reloading their toxic weapons.

  • Honours Project Students in lab Oct 2021
    12 Oct 2021

    The new academic year 2021/22 has started and the School has welcomed the new intake of Honours project students. Over the next semester, level 4 undergraduates on the Biological and Biomedical degree programmes will be completing their research projects. The types of project available cover:  

  • Dr Ingo Hein
    08 Oct 2021

    An industry-wide consortium, led by producer organisation G’s Growers and supported by the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and James Hutton Limited, has won a UKRI-BBSRC collaborative training partnership award (CTP)to provide a £3.6 million postgraduate training programme in sustainable agricultural innovation. The programme has been co-developed by the Institute as part of its collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Crop Science Centre, NIAB and leading UK universities.

  • Aerial city campus view
    08 Oct 2021

    The University of Dundee is one of the best universities in the UK for producing successful spinouts, according to a new report. The University Spinout Report 2021, carried out by GovGrant, names Dundee as the UK's sixth most successful at commercialising innovation. The University spawned 1.5% of the UK’s spinouts with these companies raising £325.7 million over the past two decades.

  • To the left a pair of hands are holding an ear of barley. Background is a polytunnel filled with a row of barley.
    08 Oct 2021

    A University of Dundee-led programme that will train the next generation of barley researchers has received a multi-million pound investment. The £9 million Barley Industrial Training Network (BARIToNE) programme is a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) led by the University, Scotch Whisky Research Institute, International Barley Hub, and supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and industry partners.

  • Professor Sir Philip Cohen in research lab with two scientists working at the bench in the background wearing lab coats and facemasks
    07 Oct 2021

    Professor Sir Philip Cohen, one of the major influences in establishing Dundee as an international centre of excellence in life sciences research, has marked his 50th anniversary of joining the University of Dundee. Sir Philip is now looking to encourage the next generation of researchers with the launch of a charity to support PhD scholarships for the next 24 years, in memory of his late wife Tricia.

  • Professor Mike Ferguson
    05 Oct 2021

    In two papers just published in eLife and PNAS the Ferguson lab, in collaboration with Steve Beverley and colleagues at Washington University, St Louis, USA, describe the presence of a fucosyltransferase in the mitochondria of the protozoan parasites Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania major.  

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