University of Dundee

Latest News for 05/2022

March 2022

  • Professor Ulrich Zachariae
    07 Mar 2022

    Clues to the mechanism of yeast infections, which present risks to both humans and crops, have been identified.  The study has focused on a family of proteins, known as Mep-Amt-Rh, which enable them to transport ammonium, a significant compound involved in growth and differentiation of yeasts. Three proteins of the family are found in baker’s yeast but only one of these, Mep2, is capable of triggering filamentation, the process of cell growth which can lead to infection by pathogenic fungi. 

July 2020

August 2018

  • Ulrich Zachariae
    16 Aug 2018

    An electrifying puzzle that has evaded scientists for more than half a century, likened to a cellular Mexican wave, has finally been explained, according to a team of European scientists led by the University of Dundee. The study, published in Nature Chemistry this week, explains how the switches that control signals to and from your brain across your body, making it possible for us to move, think and feel, are controlled.

April 2018

  • left-to-right, Dr Mehmet Gundogdu, Professor Daan van Aalten and Dr Ulrich Zachariae
    02 Apr 2018

    Scientists in the School have identified the effects of a mutation that gives rise to a form of Intellectual Disability. Intellectual Disability is a type of developmental brain disorder in young patients which to date remains poorly understood and is incurable. Researchers focussed on mutations in the OGT gene, which plays a critical role in protecting brain cells against stress. In patients harbouring OGT mutations, this protective effect is lost.

May 2017

  • Dr Ulrich Zachariae
    15 May 2017

    Researchers from the School have worked with collaborators in Cambridge to uncover the inner workings of a cellular pump which helps bacterial cells neutralise the effects of antibiotics. This work has implications in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and is published today in Nature Microbiology.