Latest News for 05/2018
09 May 2018
Professor Tracy Palmer of the University of Dundee has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
15 Jun 2017
The University of Dundee’s Professor Tracy Palmer has been elected as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific organisations. Professor Palmer is one among the outstanding 65 researchers from across the world to be honoured with election to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). The new intake is drawn from 19 European member states as well as Japan and the United States.
29 May 2017
Professor Tracy Palmer is stepping down as Head of Molecular Microbiology (MMB) after 8 years in the position. When Tracy took over from Geoff Gadd in 2009, the division was very much in its infancy. Over that time, Tracy has strived to form a sense of identity and instil an ethos of togetherness within the division. More widely, Tracy has made Dundee known to be a place of excellent research in microbiology to the research community. I met with Tracy to look back on her time at the helm of MMB and to look forward to the exciting new opportunities ahead.
04 Nov 2016
A team of students from the University of Dundee and local school pupils have both won gold medals at this year’s iGEM Jamboree in Boston, USA.
10 Oct 2016
Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that colonises approximately 30% of the human population at any one time, has now been shown to attack other bacteria, according to ground-breaking research from the University of Dundee. The bacterium which often inhabits the skin of humans and animals can cause a wide range of illnesses including minor skin infections to pneumonia, sepsis and toxic shock syndrome. Staphylococcus aureus is also one of the world’s most common causes of hospital-acquired infections.
08 Dec 2015
Two Professors from the School of Life Sciences have been elected as members of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM). Professor Tracy Palmer, Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology and Professor Geoff Gadd, Head of the Geomicrobiology Group are both now members of the EAM, a leadership group of European microbiologists that, in close association with the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), aims to amplify the impact of microbiology and microbiologists in Europe.
14 Oct 2013
The Dundee iGEM team have been crowned European champions in a prestigious international competition designed to advance science and education.
04 Oct 2013
Dundee University Rector Brian Cox met his own bacterial alter-ego when he visited a student team at the College of Life Sciences, preparing for a major international competition. Brian has backed the Dundee team set to take part in the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Lyon later this month and paid them an impromptu visit in June. He returned to visit the team on Friday October 4th to see how their project has been progressing and wish them well.
25 Jun 2013
Dundee University Rector, Brian Cox, paid an impromptu visit CLS to meet the 2013 Dundee University iGEM on Thursday, 20 June 2013 and was very impressed by their project to clean up local water reservoirs contaminated with toxic algal bloom.
14 Dec 2012
The movement of proteins across biological membranes is an essential feature of all cells. In bacteria proteins can either be moved in an unfolded or a folded state. Unfolded proteins are much easier to transport because they require only a narrow channel that is not much wider than the diameter of an amino acid. However, not all proteins can be exported in an unfolded state, for example because they may need a non-covalently bound cofactor for activity, which they acquire in the cytoplasmic compartment.