University of Dundee

Latest News for 10/2019

October 2019

  • From left: Ben Meyer, Azul Zorzoli & Helge Dorfmueller
    18 Oct 2019

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have discovered an enzyme they believe could be key to preventing Group A Streptococcus infections that cause more than 500,000 deaths worldwide each year.

  • Image credit: "T Lymphocyte" by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
    07 Oct 2019

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies into how immune cells sense and respond to their environment to fight infection and destroy tumours. The research team, who have published their findings in the journal Nature Immunology, said the results provide important insights into how immune responses might be manipulated for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer.

  • 03 Oct 2019

    Biological Sciences courses at the University of Dundee have been ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The rankings are calculated from a number of categories including teaching quality, student experience, research quality and graduate prospects. Other subjects connected with the School have also been ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Anatomy and Physiology ranked 4th with Pharmacology and Pharmacy ranked 3rd.

  • Professor David Gray in the DDU laboratory (credit: John Post)
    02 Oct 2019

    David Gray has been promoted to Personal Chair. He takes the title of Professor of Translational Biology which is in recognition of his extensive work within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR).

  • 01 Oct 2019

    On October 1st 1969 Philip Cohen became a postdoc in Edmond Fischer’s at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and started his research on protein phosphorylation. At that time only three protein kinases had been identified and protein phosphorylation was thought-to-be a specialised control mechanism confined to the regulation of glycogen metabolism.

September 2019

  • Professor John Raven and his award
    30 Sep 2019

    John Raven, Emeritus Professor from the Division of Plant Sciences, has been awarded the Albert I Grand Medal in recognition of his research in the oceanographic field. The award was created in 1948 and is the highest international distinction dedicated to ocean sciences and outreach. For 70 years, the Oceanographic Institute has been highlighting the most prominent scientists who contribute to unveiling and understanding the ocean, as well as world-class figures who raise the attention on the importance of keeping marine ecosystems healthy.

  • Scott Sheldrick, James Osbourne and Nicholas Gallagher
    27 Sep 2019

    Three Life Science students have been named as some of the top undergraduates in the World, with one named as the top undergraduate in Europe. Scott Sheldrick, Nicholas Gallagher and James Osbourne were were highly commended in the Life Sciences category of the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. The competition, which aims to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide.  Scott, Nicholas and James undertook their projects in labs across the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences:

  • Andrew Woodland with his award
    26 Sep 2019

    Dr Andrew Woodland has been named the winner of the 2019 Converge Challenge, scooping £78,000 to develop his new drug discovery company, In4Derm. At a glittering reception at V&A Dundee, Dr Woodland triumphed over 17 fellow academic entrepreneurs with his business, which re-engineers oral drugs and turns them into novel topical drugs to improve the lives of patients living with skin diseases such as eczema.

  • Dr Peter van den Akker and Dr Aileen Sandilands
    24 Sep 2019

    DEBRA is delighted to share that funding for a fourth year of the University of Dundee’s research into novel gene technology for treating Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) has been agreed. £153,550 towards a total of £504,472 has been provided to enable the team lead by DEBRA Clinical Fellow, Dr Peter van den Akker (pictured), to develop two types of gene technology that can target genetic mutations caused by EB.

  • 23 Sep 2019

    The University of Dundee has been awarded almost £5.5 million under a new initiative that combines scientific excellence with a commitment to providing the best possible training environment for PhD students. Dundee is among 15 UK institutions to share in Wellcome’s £127 million PhD Programme in Science. Over the next five years, 25 students will be recruited to the University’s world-leading School of Life Sciences and participate in multidisciplinary research in Cellular Regulation, Protein Modification, Infection and Immunity, and Drug Discovery and Translation.

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