University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. In the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality in UK higher education institutions – REF2014 –Dundee was ranked the top University in Biological Sciences. More recent rankings widely recognized as indicators of scientific excellence place Dundee high in their rankings. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019 for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact places Dundee is 1st in the UK and Europe, 5th in the World as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. This year’s ‘The State of Innovation’ report by Clarivate Analytics ranks Dundee as the most influential scientific research institution in the world for pharmaceuticals for the period 2006-16. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.

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Plant Sciences

Plants form the basis of life on Earth providing food to sustain human and animal life, as well as being exploited for natural products and medicine. They are essential to the atmosphere in fixing carbon and releasing oxygen. The importance of plant sciences to the world’s ecosystems is highlighted by the current concerns over climate change and fuel and food security.

Drug Discovery Unit

The Dundee Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) was founded in 2006 with the aim of translating basic science into lead compounds to validate putative drug targets, to use as tools to investigate disease pathways and, when appropriate, advance to pre-clinical drug candidates.

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