Philip arrived in Dundee in 1971, when the Biochemistry Department he joined comprised about half a dozen Principal Investigators and a handful of Ph.D. Students housed in converted stables. Since then Philip has played a major role in putting Dundee on the scientific map. He not only established the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit in 1991, the award-winning Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) in 1998 and the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling (SCILLS) in 2008, but also set up the Wellcome Trust Biocentre and, with Mike Ferguson the Sir James Black Centre. The MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit has grown from two programme Leaders (Philip and his wife Tricia) and 15 staff to 10 research teams about 125 staff today, while the College of Life Sciences at Dundee has grown to 1060 staff from 62 countries.
Earlier this year Philip stood down as Director of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit to concentrate on research. To mark his 21 years as the Unit¹s Director and his 40 years in Dundee, John Rouse and Dario Alessi have organized a special Symposium to celebrate Philip¹s extraordinary research achievements over this period.
This event will take place from 24th to 26th June 2012 at the West Park Conference Centre in Dundee. In addition to numerous talks by Philip¹s friends, colleagues and collaborators, the highlights of the meeting will include talks on Sunday evening by Nobel Laureates Tim Hunt and Eddy Fischer. The meeting programme can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The scientific sessions comprise the main themes of Philip¹s research interests over the years. In the final talk Philip will talk about a few aspects of his recent research on innate immunity, the area he switched his lab to about five years ago. We hope the meeting will be a memorable event reflecting Philip¹s extraordinary achievements. A biographical note on Philip can be downloaded below.