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October 2017

  • 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.

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    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’.  

September 2017

  • 29 Sep 2017

    A new article from the Lamond group, published in eLife, reports the identification of the plant biflavone, hinokiflavone, as a pre-mRNA splicing modulator (Pawellek et al., 2017). In collaboration with Ron Hay’s group in GRE and the group of Richard Hartley, (University of Glasgow), they show that both natural and synthetic hinokiflavone inhibits splicing in vitro by blocking spliceosome assembly, specifically preventing progression from the spliceosome complex A to complex B.

  • 28 Sep 2017

    * EVOTEC INVESTS in Exscientia to advance AI-driven DRUG DISCOVERY Evotec AG and Exscientia Ltd - a company ‘spun out’ from research at the University of Dundee - today announced that Evotec has made a € 15 m investment to take a minority stake in Exscientia. 

  • 27 Sep 2017

    Olga Suska from Vicky Cowling’s lab passed her PhD viva today. Her thesis was entitled, ‘Investigating the role and regulation of mRNA capping in pluripotency and differentiation.’ Her internal examiner was Greg Findlay from MRC-PPU and her external examiner was Richard Jenner, University College London.

  • 27 Sep 2017

    Congratulations to the following Life Sciences students and graduates who have been Highly Commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards. These awards aim to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Three of our students were Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category. They were: 

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Ilaria Volpi from Julian Blow’s lab passed her PhD viva last week. Her thesis was entitled, “The role of the protein MTBP in DNA replication.” Her examination committee was Karim Labib (Internal Examiner) and Vincenzo Constanzo, Milan (External Examiner).