17 Oct 2018
Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr Richard Henderson gave the Peter Garland Lecture today, the 15th Nobel Laureate to do so. Dr Henderson was awarded his Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution" in 2017. He continues his research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and gave his lecture on "The increasing power of electron cryomicroscopy".
12 Oct 2018
Congratulations to Laura D’Ignazio from Professors Sonia Rocha and Ron Hay’s labs for passing her PhD viva! Laura’s thesis was entitled ‘HIF and NF-kB Crosstalk: The role of HIF-1B as an inducer of the inflammatory response’. Her internal examiner was Professor Albena Dinkova-Kostova from the School of Medicine and her external examiner was Professor Lienhard Schmitz from the University of Giessen, Germany.
11 Oct 2018
Three of our undergraduate students were recognised in the Undergraduate Awards 2018. Emma Sands, Emily Scott and Daniel Squair were Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category. This means that they were in the top 10% for their category and this included entrants from students across the world! The awards aim to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Our students submitted work based on their fourth year honours project.
10 Oct 2018
In a novel twist for researchers who actively develop drugs to combat tropical diseases, a group of scientists at the University of Dundee have been honoured for putting an end to a promising piece of research.
05 Oct 2018
The work of scientists in some of Africa’s remotest communities is about to be transformed by the University of Dundee. A team from the University’s Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) will travel to Malawi this week with crates of apparatus to be distributed to local researchers. Part of an ongoing initiative by the University’s School of Life Sciences to support scientists in the developing world, four members of staff from the WCAIR flew out to Africa on yesterday.
03 Oct 2018
A Plant Scientist in Dundee has been awarded almost £1.25 million to study the interaction between plants and soil microbes, with the ultimate aim of boosting sustainable food production.
01 Oct 2018
What is a better way to get to know your fellow PhD students than a 3 day trip to the Highlands? On the Friday 21st of September a group of 28 PhD students and 3 Master's students together with a postdoctoral researcher from BCDD Dr. Norma Padilla-Mejia and a volunteer PI Dr. Mattie Pawlovic set out for a 3 day adventure in Abernethy Activity Center in Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire.
24 Sep 2018
University of Dundee scientists have been awarded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grants totalling more than £1 million to fund their research into cancer and diabetes.
14 Sep 2018
Asymmetric cell division is the process through which one cell divides into two cells with different identities. It is of particular importance for stem cells, which divide asymmetrically into another stem cell (thus self-renewing themselves) and a cell destined to become a more specialised cell type, such as for example a neuron or a muscle cell. A model of choice for the study of asymmetric stem cell division are neuroblasts, neural stem cells of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
12 Sep 2018
Scientists launched the new £5 million Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging (SCMI) yesterday at the Medical Research Council University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR). It will be home to a cutting-edge JEOL CryoARM 300, the first cryo-electron microscope of this model in the United Kingdom, which will be used to image biological molecules at near atomic level. The centre is a collaboration between researchers from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews.