04 Aug 2017
A collaboration between Professor Julian Blow’s lab in Gene Regulation and Expression and the Drug Discovery Unit has provided insights into how differences between normal cells and cancer cells could provide a novel anti-cancer therapy. The work, which involved the identification of a new class of small molecules that inhibit DNA replication, has been published in Cell Chemical Biology.
01 Aug 2017
A University of Dundee student is taking matters into his own hands this summer as he develops new sign language for specialist biological terms currently missing from formal British Sign Language (BSL). Liam Mcmulkin, a second year Life Sciences student who has been deaf since birth, came up with the idea after becoming frustrated at the lack of complex scientific terms in BSL.
31 Jul 2017
Lord Naren Patel has announced he is to stand down as Chancellor of the University of Dundee after 11 years in the post.
27 Jul 2017
Professor Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, one of the UK’s largest charities.
24 Jul 2017
Fruit flies, larvae, and flat-worms used by the University of Dundee in ground-breaking scientific research will be going under the microscope at Mills Observatory this week. Members of the public are invited to delve into the world of the microscopic marvels in biological sciences from 1- 3pm on Wednesday, 26th July.
21 Jul 2017
Almost 50 undergraduate students will be undertaking summer projects within the School over the coming weeks. The majority are undergraduates at the University but we also have a small number from other Universities keen to work in the School that is number 1 for Biological Sciences research in the UK and to interact with our internationally renowned scientists.
19 Jul 2017
A scientific collaboration between researchers in Scotland and China has uncovered a new kind of `energy sensor’ in our cells, changing our understanding of how the body monitors glucose levels and switches on the supply of alternative `fuels’. It is thought the research, published in the journal Nature, could have particular implications for diabetes, in which the level of glucose in the blood is abnormally high.
18 Jul 2017
Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded the prestigious Francis Crick Medal and Lecture by the Royal Society in recognition of discoveries that have led to better understanding of the causes of Parkinson’s disease.
07 Jul 2017
Cells need to be able to control the localization of their content to fulfil specific functions. How cells position proteins, which make up most of the cells content is therefore a central problem in cell and developmental biology. The control of protein distribution is complex, but it has become clear that the localization of mRNA (the template for protein production) can influence where proteins are positioned. Local pools of mRNA can serve as spatially restricted source of the synthesis of the encoded protein.
06 Jul 2017
Professor Sonia Rocha takes up a new position at the University of Liverpool as Head of Biochemistry this month. Sonia has been in Dundee for over 16 years, starting as a postdoctoral researcher for Professor Neil Perkins and being progressively promoted up to Professor at the end of last year. Sonia was also the academic representative for PiCLS and was the head of the MRC PhD programme.