University of Dundee

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October 2017

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Dr Sarah Coulthurst has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in microbiology for her work studying how bacteria are able to cause disease.   Dr Coulthurst, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the University’s School of Life Sciences, has been awarded the Fleming Prize, one of the top honours bestowed by the Microbiology Society. She will receive a £1000 cash prize and has the honour of delivering the 2018 Fleming Prize Lecture at the Microbiology Society’s 2018 Annual Conference in Birmingham in April.  

  • Julianty Frost
    25 Oct 2017

    Congratulations to Julianty Frost who passed her PhD viva today with a thesis entitled “VHL inhibitors as chemical probes of the hypoxia signalling pathway”. Her examination committee consisted of Professor Cormac Taylor from University College Dublin Conway Institute (External Examiner), Gopal Saptkota (Internal Examiner) and David Horn (Convenor). Julianty was under the supervision of Alessio Ciulli (Supervisor) and Sonia Rocha (Second Supervisor).

  • 24 Oct 2017

    John Rouse, together with researchers Detlev Schindler at the University of Wuerzburg, and Minoru Takata at the University of Kyoto, have won the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund 2017 Discovery Award for the discovery and characterization of the Fanconi anemia gene FANCW. Commenting on the award John said: “I’m delighted that our work on FANCW should be recognized by the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.

  • 23 Oct 2017

    In a publication in eLife, Ly et al. report a workflow combining FACS and MS-based proteomics to analyse protein abundance and phosphorylation changes proteome-wide across the mitotic cell division cycle, including resolution of mitotic subphases. The approach, called PRIMMUS or proteomics of intracellular immunolabelled cell subsets, combines intracellular immunostaining, FACS, and mass spectrometry to isolate and analyse cell subsets defined by intracellular markers of cell cycle progression.

  • 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.

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