30 Sep 2021
Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Oxford have made a discovery that helps explain why variations in the virus that causes Covid-19 spread so rapidly. Coronaviruses are so named because of the spikes on their surface that make it look like a crown, the Latin word for which is corona. The virus uses these spikes to attach to and enter cells, where they then replicate. All common SARS-CoV-2 variants have mutations in the part of their Spike proteins that binds to cells.
29 Sep 2021
Kirby Swatek will open an independent research laboratory in the MRC PPU at the beginning of 2022. He will take up a core funded MRC Investigator position to investigate the role played by the ubiquitin-like protein ISG15 in key immune responses that protect cells from invading viruses.
Trypanosomes break more rules: evidence for the convergent evolution of glycosyltransferase function23 Sep 2021
Glycosyltransferases (GTs) are enzymes that transfer sugars from donor to an acceptor molecule. There are dozens of GT gene families, classified by sequence, sequence motifs and enzymatic function. GTs are defined by their donor and acceptor specificities and the type of glycosidic linkage they make. For example, a UDP-Gal : ßGal ß1-3 galactosyltransferase transfers galactose from UDP-Gal to a ßGal acceptor residue in a ß1-3 linkage (making a Galß1-3Galß1-R product).
10 Sep 2021
Virginia De Cesare has been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, one of the UK’s flagship fellowship schemes for early career investigators, in addition to being promoted to an Independent Investigator position within the MRC-PPU.
06 Sep 2021
Professor Kim Dale has been appointed as Assistant Vice-Principal (International) for the University of Dundee. Kim Dale is a Principal Investigator in the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology. Kim is well known to many staff for her work in the international field. This includes throught her roles at a School (as Associate Dean, International) and the University level (as Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN region). She is a visiting Professor at Taylor's University, Malaysia.
23 Aug 2021
A University of Dundee researcher is to join an international collaboration that brings scientists from academia together with one of the world’s largest pharma companies to help develop new drugs for cancer and other devastating diseases. Doreen Cantrell, Professor of Cellular Immunology at the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been selected to join GSK’s Immunology Network, a programme designed to embed academic scientists in GSK laboratories with the goal to broaden scientific insight and drive major breakthroughs in applied immunology.
20 Aug 2021
Dr Martin Balcerowicz has been awarded a five-year Royal Society University Fellowship to research how temperature affects plant growth. This work may provide ways to breed plants that are more resilient towards climate change.
18 Aug 2021
Professor Hari Hundal has been appointed as Academic Regional Lead (ARL) for South Asia. International recruitment is a key strategic priority for the University, and Professor Hundal’s personal knowledge of the region and his dedication to the student experience make him an excellent appointee. Professor Hundal is also acting as Race Equality Charter (REC) Lead and has completed a significant amount of work in this area. He will continue to progress in this role.
Accreditation awarded by Royal Society of Biology for BSc Honours degree programmes for further 5...10 Aug 2021
The twelve major BSc Honours degree programmes offered by the University of Dundee in Biological and Biomedical Sciences have been awarded accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for a further five years. These programmes are Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, Biological Sciences (including with specialisms), Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiological Sciences. Re-accreditation follows an independent and rigorous review by the Society.
05 Aug 2021
University of Dundee research that aims to develop a new male contraceptive has been boosted by major new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Experts will utilise the $1.7 million award over the next two years to continue their quest to identify suitable compounds with the potential to develop the first safe and effective male contraceptive drug.