University of Dundee

Academic Staff


Dr. Constance Alabert

Principal Investigator
DNA replication in the context of chromatin – Implications for human diseases

Professor Dario Alessi FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Signal Transduction and Director of MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) and the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy Unit (DSTT)
Understanding signalling pathways mutated in inherited disorders

Professor Simon Arthur

Professor of Immune Signalling and Head of the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology
Signaling networks that control inflammation

Professor Geoff Barton FRSE FRSB

Professor of Bioinformatics
Protein and nucleic acid sequence analysis and function prediction

Dr. Megan Bergkessel

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Regulatory mechanisms operating during bacterial growth arrest and persistence

Professor Paul Birch FRSE

Professor of Plant Pathology and Head of Division of Plant Sciences
Plant pathogen interactions

Professor Julian Blow FRSE FMedSci

Dean of The School of Life Sciences and Professor of Chromosome Maintenance
How DNA replication is organised and controlled to ensure precise chromosome duplication

Dr David Booth

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jorunn Bos

Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellow


Reader (Biophysical Chemistry) and Academic Lead for International College Dundee (ICD)

Professor John Brown

Professor of Molecular Plant Sciences
RNA processing and expression

Dr Davide Bulgarelli

Principal Investigator
Structure, function and host control of the plant microbiota

Professor Doreen Cantrell CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Cellular Immunology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
T-lymphocyte signal transduction

Dr Graham Christie FHEA FPhysiol

Senior Lecturer, University Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN region and Programme Lead for the Joint Degree Programme with the National University of Singapore

Professor Alessio Ciulli FRSC

Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology and Director of the Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation
Chemical and Structural Biology of Targeted Protein Degradation

Professor Geoffrey Codd MBE FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Microbiology
Cyanotoxins and microbial metabolites

Professor Sir Philip Cohen FRS FRSE FAA FFMedSci

Professor of Enzymology
Signaling Networks in the Innate Immune System

Professor Sarah Coulthurst

Professor of Microbial Interactions and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. Deputy Head of Division of Molecular Microbiology
Microbial competition and bacterial protein secretion systems

Professor Victoria Cowling FRSE FRSB

Professor of Biology, Lister Institute Fellow, MRC Senior Fellow and Deputy-Head of The Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
mRNA cap regulation

Professor Paul Crocker FRSE

Professor of Glycoimmunology
Glycan-dependent regulation of immune and inflammatory responses

Dr Arthur Crossman

Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)

Dr Melissa D'Ascenzio FHEA

Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship)

Professor Kim Dale FRSB

Assistant Vice Principal International, Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Molecular Developmental Biology
Establishing the vertebrate embryonic body plan

Dr Helge Dorfmueller

Royal Society and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Investigation of streptococcal cell wall biogenesis and glycoconjugate vaccine development

Professor Alan Fairlamb CBE, FLS, FRSE, FMedSci, FRSB

Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow
Biochemical Drug Targets in Parasites

Dr. William Farnaby MRSC

Principal Investigator

Professor Sir Mike Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci FRSB

Regius Professor of Life Sciences
Molecular parasitology, glycobiology and drug discovery

Professor Mark Field FRSB

Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology
Molecular parasitology, intracellular transport, gene expression, eukaryotic evolution

Dr Greg Findlay

Programme Leader MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
Embryonic Stem Cell Signaling Modules

Professor Andy Flavell

Associate Staff
Structure, evolution and biodiversity of crop plant genomes

Professor Geoff Gadd FRSB FLS FLSW FRSE

Boyd Baxter Chair of Biology
Geomicrobiology, Geomycology and Bioremediation

Dr Ian Ganley

Programme Leader
Molecular analysis of autophagy

Professor Anton Gartner

Professor of Genetics
C. elegans genetics as a model to study basic biological problems

Professor Ian Gilbert FMedSci FRSE FRSC

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Roscoe Chair of Chemistry, Head of the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery and Interim Head of the Drug Discovery Unit
Design and synthesis of potential therapeutic agents

Professor David Gray BEM

Head of Biology and Professor of Translational Biology
Molecular Pharmacology and Compound Screening

Professor Claire Halpin FRSE FRSB

Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Plant Biology and Biotechnology
Manipulation of plant metabolism using reverse genetics

Professor Grahame Hardie FRS, FRSE, FMedSci

Professor of Cellular Signalling
The LKB1-AMPK signalling cascade

Professor Ron Hay FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Molecular Biology
Role of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins in transcriptional regulation

Ingo Hein | Ph.D | Dipl. Biol. | FRSB

Plant Pathogen Co-evolution

Dr Piers Hemsley SFHEA FRSB

Principal Investigator
Regulation of protein function in plants by S-acylation

Dr. Robyn Hickerson

Acting Principal Investigator

Professor Andrew Hopkins FRSC FRSE FRSB

Chair of Medicinal Informatics and SULSA Research Professor of Translational Biology
Chemoinformatics, chemogenomics and drug discovery

Dr Sheriar Hormuzdi

Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) and Programme Lead (Biological Sciences)

Professor David Horn FRSE

Professor of Parasite Molecular Biology and Interim Head of WCAIR
Antigenic variation, drug resistance and RNAi screens in trypanosomes

Dr Edgar Huitema

Senior Lecturer
Mechanisms of virulence acquisition during Phytophthora-host associations

Professor Hari Hundal FHEA FRSB

Professor of Molecular Physiology and joint Deputy Head of the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology
Hormonal, nutrient and stress-mediated modulation of fuel and energy metabolism

Professor Bill Hunter FRSE, FMedSci, FRSC

Professor of Structural Biology
Protein structure and function; fundamental chemical biology and early stage antimicrobial drug discovery

Dr Jens Januschke

Reader, Deputy Head of the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology
Dynamics of cell polarisation

Professor Lyn Jones

Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology
The Adaptation of Plants to Environmental Stresses

Dr Stephen Kelley

Lecturer and Programme Lead (Biomedical Sciences)

Dr. Yogesh Kulathu

Programme Leader
Ubiquitin signalling mechanisms

Professor Karim Labib FRSE

Professor of Genome Integrity
Chromosome replication and genome integrity

Professor Angus Lamond FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Biochemistry
Nuclear structure proteomics and gene expression

Dr Stephen Land FRSB CSciTeach FPhysiol

Reader and Academic Regional Lead for Middle East and North Africa

Professor David Lilley FRS FRSE FRSC

Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group
Nucleic acid structure

Dr Tony Ly

Principal Investigator

Professor Carol MacKintosh FRSB

Professor of Molecular Signalling and Head of Postgraduate Studies
Diabetes and cancer as disorders of 'signal multiplexing' in the vertebrate animals

Dr David Martin FRSB FHEA

Programme Lead (Core Curriculum Levels 1 and 2)
David explores large biological data sets from next generation sequencing and proteomics, developing new tools to unlock the secrets of life within

Dr Sharon Matthews


Dr Leeanne McGurk

Principal Investigator, Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Fellow
How does RNA biogenesis control motor neuron disease?

Dr Sarah McKim

Principal Investigator
Developmental biology of plant architecture

Professor Irwin McLean FRS FRSE FMedSci

Emeritus Professor of Genetic Medicine
Dermatology and Genetic Medicine - treating genetic disease

Dr Henry McSorley

Principal Investigator and joint Deputy Head of the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology

Dr. Ignacio Moraga Gonzalez

Principal Investigator

Professor Miratul Muqit FRSE

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science, Programme Leader and Professor of Experimental Neurology
Elucidation of the PINK1 signaling pathway in Parkinson’s disease

Dr David Murray

Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Understand the basic molecular mechanics in the formation of subcellular structures

Dr Philip Murray

Lecturer of Mathematics

Professor Inke Näthke FRSE

Professor of Epithelial Biology and Associate Dean for Professional Culture
From molecules to tissue architecture

Dr David Norman

Reader in Structural Biology
Magnetic Resonance, FRET, EPR, Spin-labeling and PELDOR

Professor Tom Owen-Hughes FRSE

Professor of Chromatin Structure and Function
Chromatin structure and gene regulation

Dr Mattie Pawlowic

Principal Investigator, Lecturer

Dr. Federico Pelisch

MRC Career Development Fellow

Dr Andrei Pisliakov

Senior Lecturer in Physics & Dundee Fellow
Computational Biophysics

Dr Alan Prescott FRSB

Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology
The role of the cytoskeleton in cell specific differentiation

Dr Kasper Rasmussen

Principal Investigator
Investigating the regulation and function of DNA methylation in hematopoiesis

Professor John Raven FRS FRSE

Emeritus Professor
Interactions among resources in the growth of phytoplankton

Professor Kevin Read

Professor of Quantitative Pharmacology and Head of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Drug discovery, lead optimisation and preclinical development

Professor John Rouse FRSE

Programme Leader in Protein Phosphorylation and Professor of Chromosome Biology
Control of chromosome stability and DNA repair in health and disease

Dr Adrien Rousseau

Principal Investigator

Professor Gopal Sapkota

Programme Leader in Protein Phosphorylation and Professor of Disease Signalling
Untangling the TGFβ and Wnt signalling networks in cells, development and human diseases

Professor Pauline Schaap FRSE FRSB

Professor of Developmental Signalling
Experimental and evolutionary reconstruction of developmental signalling pathways

Dr Christina Schilde FHEA

Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship)

Dr. Gabriele Schweikert

Principal Investigator Computational Biology

Professor Gordon Simpson FRSB

Professor of Molecular Genetics and Deputy Head of Division of Plant Sciences
RNA and Development

Dr Rastko Sknepnek

Senior Lecturer and Dundee Fellow
Computational soft condensed matter and biophysics group

Professor Janet Sprent OBE, FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology and Nodulation in legumes
Nitrogen fixation in legumes

Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall FRSE FRSB FEAM

Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology
Understanding the molecular mechanism of biofilm formation

Professor Mike Stark FRSB

Emeritus Professor of Yeast Molecular Biology
Regulation of Yeast Cell Growth and Division

Dr Marios Stavridis

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
Pluripotent stem cell biology

Professor Kate Storey FRS FRSE FMedSci FRSB

Professor of Neural Development and Head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating neural differentiation

Dr. Mahima Swamy

Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Immune interactions at the intestinal epithelium

Kirby Swatek

Principal Investigator

Professor Jason Swedlow OBE FRSE

Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology
Mitotic chromosome dynamics

Professor Tomo Tanaka FRSE

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Mechanisms ensuring proper chromosome segregation in mitosis

Dr Peter Taylor

Research Associate in Molecular Physiology
Mechanisms of amino acid transport across mammalian cell membranes

Professor Daan van Aalten FRSE

Professor of Biological Chemistry
The role of the O-GlcNAc posttranslational modification in neurodegeneration

Professor Satpal Virdee

Programme Leader in Protein Ubiquitylation and Professor of Chemical Biology
Chemical Biology Approaches for Studying The Ubiquitin System

Professor Colin Watts FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Immunobiology
The Cell Biology of the Immune System

Professor Robbie Waugh FRSE

Personal Chair of Crop Genomics
Personal Chair of Crop Genomics

Professor Kees Weijer FRSE

Professor of Developmental Physiology and Head of Systems Biology
Cell-cell signalling and chemotactic cell movement during development

Professor Jenny Woof FRSB, FHEA

Professor and Associate Dean (Quality & Academic Standards)

Dr Susan Wyllie

Principal Investigator - Head of the Mode of Action Group
Kinetoplastid Biology

Professor Ulrich Zachariae

Professor of Molecular Biophysics
Computational Biophysics and Drug Discovery

Dr Joost Zomerdijk

Reader and Programme Lead for MSc Biomedical and Molecular Sciences programmes
Molecular mechanisms and control in transcription by RNA polymerase I