John Rouse, a Programme Leader in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU), has been awarded a Personal Chair in Chromosome Biology by the University of Dundee in recognition of his outstanding contributions to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in repairing damaged DNA. John became a Programme Leader in 2002 when he joined the MRC-PPU after carrying out postdoctoral research with Steve Jackson at the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge. This new accolade is the latest in a series of awards that John has received in recent years, which include the Colworth Medal of the Biochemical Society and the Tenovus Medal.
Commenting on the award John said: "It's a great honour that our work on how cells repair DNA damage has been recognized in this way by the University of Dundee. The research breakthroughs and advances that have emerged from my lab are a reflection of the talents and dedication of the people in my research team, and the stimulating and interactive research environment and outstanding facilities that we have here in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit and College of Life Sciences at Dundee."