University of Dundee

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October 2017

  • James Hutton Institute
    17 Oct 2017

    Scientists from the International Barley Hub have discovered a genetic pathway to improved barley grain size and uniformity, a finding which may help breeders develop future varieties suited to the needs of growers and distillers.

  • 16 Oct 2017

    Congratulations to Simone Bertolini from Anton Gartner‘s research group who passed his PhD viva today. His thesis was entitled, ‘Genetic and cytological analysis of the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint component BUB-3 in DNA damage response’. The examination committee consisted of Tomo Tanaka (Internal Examiner), Patricia Kuwabara, Bristol (External Examiner) and Gordon Simpson (Convenor). 

  • Tom McWilliams
    16 Oct 2017

    Tom McWilliams, a postdoc at the MRC PPU has been awarded a prestigious Academy of Finland Research Fellowship. The Academy of Finland is the pre-eminent scientific funding body in Finland, and their highly competitive research fellowship scheme aims to attract and support young investigators with outstanding potential.

  • 10 Oct 2017

    Researchers in the laboratory of Professor Alessio Ciulli have designed a small molecule that tricks a particular E3 ubiquitin ligase protein to destroy another of its kind. E3 ligases act like ‘molecular assassins’ in cells as they naturally tag unwanted proteins for cellular degradation. There are believed to be over 600 E3 ligases in the human cell and many are involved in human diseases, providing many attractive targets for drug discovery.

  • Structure of the Guanidine III Riboswitch
    09 Oct 2017

    All living cells make proteins to carry out nearly all the jobs that keep them alive, including the enzymes that speed up chemical reactions and molecular pumps that move molecules from one place to another. All this constant activity is what we call the cell's metabolism. Often scientists seek some kind of Achilles heel in that metabolism to achieve therapeutic intervention.

  • 09 Oct 2017

    In recognition of our commitment to gender equality, the University of Dundee has been granted an Athena SWAN Institution Bronze Award under the expanded charter terms. This award represents a very significant amount of work from colleagues across the University over the last three years and recognises our self-reflection as described in our 2017 application and our commitments for further progress through the delivery of our 2017-2021 four-year Athena SWAN institution action plan.

  • 05 Oct 2017

    Scientists at the School have identified the structure of a key enzyme that protects the brain against Parkinson’s disease. The result of a decade of work, the research team said that solving the 3D structure and inner workings of the PINK1 enzyme represented a major breakthrough.

  • Different petal number on C. hirsuta
    05 Oct 2017

    Plants show a remarkable sensitivity to their environment. Seasonal changes provide plants with cues to maximise their performance and survival. Day length and the intensity of the sunlight are examples of such signals that help plants decide if they should flower or their seeds should remain dormant. One area where we understand very little is how seasonal cues may control how flower morphology.

  • 03 Oct 2017

    In response to the urgent and global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Medical Research Foundation (MRF), the charitable foundation of the Medical Research Council, has invested £2.85million in delivering the UK’s first nationwide PhD training programme to focus on this major health challenge.

  • 03 Oct 2017

    The University of Dundee will pay tribute to the hugely influential biologist and mathematician D’Arcy Thompson with a packed programme of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of his seminal book, ‘On Growth and Form’.