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August 2016

  • 19 Aug 2016

    Dr Sambit Nanda, a senior research scientist in the Medical Research Council’s Protein Phosphoryation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee, has been awarded a research grant of £15,000 from Tenovus, Scotland to continue his exciting new research on inflammasomes.

  • 17 Aug 2016

    Scientists from the University of Dundee have discovered a key regulator of embryonic stem cell identity, research that could one day lead to new treatments for heart attack patients and those with congenital heart conditions. Embryonic stem cells have the potential to provide tissue replacement therapies for a number of debilitating diseases due to their capacity to differentiate into any cell type in the adult body, a property known as pluripotency.

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Mitochondria are the essential energy-generating powerhouses that provide our cells with the energy of life. However, their malfunction has a dark side. Damaged mitochondria have the potential to release destructive reactive oxygen species that have serious and deleterious consequences for the cell. To cope with this, our cells have evolved a protective mechanism to prevent such a “mitochondrial meltdown”, by eliminating damaged mitochondria through a process termed mitophagy.

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Dr Alessio Ciulli, from the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is now a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

  • 08 Aug 2016

    Third Year undergraduate, Sophie Cassidy, was successful in securing a paid 12 week internship with The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) through the Scotgrad Life Science summer internship programme and has written an account of her experience: http://www.scotgrad.co.uk/news/success-stories/learning-the-abcs-of-ibioic Sophie will begin her 4th year of study towards her BSc Honours Degree in Biomedical Sciences in September.

  • 05 Aug 2016

    Sensing that the site-visit on Wednesday August 3rd was important, barista Justine Torano, who operates the Caffeine Café in the Street, decided to customize her delicious cappuccinos with the Drug Discovery Unit ‘molecular structure’ logo – with a little help from the DDU’s Irene Hallyburton. This attention to detail and team spirit was not lost on the 14-strong VIP site-visit team, here to consider a proposal to create a Wellcome Trust Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases Drug Discovery in Life Sciences.

  • 05 Aug 2016

    Hot on the heels of graduating in June, Daniel Bode is one of only 100 students to be invited to join Europe’s finest students at the highly prestigious Roche Continents 2016, which takes place in Salzburg, Austria from 10-16 August 2016. Daniel, from Hamburg Germany, completed 4 years of study, including a successful Honours Project in the laboratory of Dr Sonia Rocha in the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, before graduating with 1st Class Honours BSc in Biochemistry on 23 June 2016. 

  • 01 Aug 2016

    Researchers led by the University of Dundee’s Professor Dario Alessi have developed a new method of measuring the activity of disease-causing mutations in the LRRK2 gene, a major cause of inherited Parkinson’s disease. The team believes this research, which is published in Biochemical Journal, could help pave the way for future development of a clinical test that could facilitate evaluation of drugs to target this form of the condition.

  • 01 Aug 2016

    Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall, in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, has been named as the recipient of the 2016 Wain Medal. This prize is awarded to a scientist aged 40 years or under and recognises excellent research in biochemistry. The Medal Lecture is a public lecture held at the University of Kent and in addition to receiving the Medal, Nicola will also receive an Award of £1,000.