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December 2019

  • From left: Leeanne McGurk, Megan Bergkessel and Gabriel Sollberger
    04 Dec 2019

    The School has welcomed three new group leaders in recent months. They are currently establishing their laboratories across three of our divisions. Leeanne McGurk has joined the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology, Megan Bergkessel has joined the Division of Molecular Microbiology while Gabriel Sollberger has joined the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology. Leeanne McGurk Leeanne joins the School from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia where she was a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Nancy Bonini.  

November 2019

  • Professor Paul Crocker in lab
    06 Nov 2019

    Paul Crocker is stepping down as Head of Cell Signalling and Immunology (CSI) after 5 years in the position.  While reflecting on his time in this role, Paul wanted to acknowledge the key people that made his job so much easier.

October 2019

  • 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.

July 2019

  • Grahame Hardie, Diana Vara-Ciruelos and Fiona Russell
    10 Jul 2019

    Prof. Grahame Hardie and two of his co-workers, Diana Vara-Ciruelos and Fiona Russell, have published a review in the journal Open Biology with a title inspired by the classic novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Their article discusses the controversial role in cancer of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which was first defined and named by Prof. Hardie at the University of Dundee in the late 1980s.

May 2019

  • Hari Hundal and Sarah McKim
    12 May 2019

    Professor Hari Hundal and Dr Sarah McKim were named winners in their respective categories in the Dundee University Student Association (DUSA) Student-led Teaching Awards on Friday night. Hari jointly won in the Most Inspirational Teaching category while Sarah won the Best Postgraduate Supervisor category. The shortlisted nominees (from over 300 nominations) and the students who nominated attended the Student Led Teaching Awards Dinner last Friday, where the winners were announced.

April 2019

  • Professor Doreen Cantrell and Professor Grahame Hardie
    17 Apr 2019

    Researchers from the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology in the School have shown that a drug previously used to treat Type 2 diabetes could potentially be used to protect against cancer. A study carried out by Professors Grahame Hardie and Doreen Cantrell has shown that the drug phenformin protects mice against a type of cancer called T-cell lymphoma. It does this by switching on the protein AMPK, which was first defined by Professor Hardie in the 1980s. Subsequent research at Dundee showed a link between AMPK and cancer.

March 2019

  • Poster Prize Winners
    22 Mar 2019

    Last week, the School’s Annual Research Symposium was held at Crieff Hydro. The programme of talks and poster presentations covered the diverse research taking place in the School. Newly appointed Principal Investigators and Professors gave talks alongside more junior members of the School, who spoke as part of the SLS showcase sessions.

  • Robyn Hickerson
    08 Mar 2019

    Dr Robyn Hickerson and her team won the Research Staff Award at Venture 2019 competition hosted by the University of Dundee’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. The final involved pitching budding business ideas to an expert panel of judges with the chance to share in a £27,500 prize fund.

February 2019

  • Prof Hari Hundal, Dr Ian Ganley & Prof Rory McCrimmon
    01 Feb 2019

    Researchers from the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine have been awarded a £275,000 grant from Diabetes UK. This inter-divisional and cross-School funding has been awarded to Professor Hari Hundal (Division of Cell Signalling & Immunology), Dr Ian Ganley (MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit) and Professor Rory McCrimmon (School of Medicine). 

January 2019

  • 16 Jan 2019

    A number of school prizes were presented at Review of the Year today. Innovator of the Year New for this year, Innovator of the Year, two categories were introduced for best innovation and for early-stage new business ideas. In partnership with the Centre of Entrepreneurship, the winners are guaranteed an automatic place in the appropriate category of the University of Dundee, Venture 2019 Final, plus a chance to participate in the on-campus three month summer Elevator accelerator programme.

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