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December 2017

  • Professor Sally Mapstone & Professor Michael Ferguson CBE
    07 Dec 2017

    Professor Mike Ferguson CBE, Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy in the School was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) in today’s winter graduation at the University of St. Andrews. Professor Dame Sue Black OBE, Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science was honoured alongside Professor Ferguson. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Medicine (MD). Professor Ferguson is photographed with University of St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone.

  • 07 Dec 2017

    A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded €2 million to study how cells respond to infection.   Professor Victoria Cowling, from the School of Life Sciences, has been given the European Research Council grant to investigate T cells, key components of the immune system which fight infection and kill cancer cells.   Professor Cowling said, “I am delighted to receive this award from the European Research Council. This grant is unusual as it encourages high risk research, in our case funding a new area of research in immunology.  

  • 06 Dec 2017

    The School of Life Sciences has been awarded a prestigious Gold Watermark for its work in bringing world-class science to the wider community.   The School is the first to receive the faculty-level Gold Engage Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.   To achieve a Gold award the School of Life Sciences needed to demonstrate that they are a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing the work they do with the wider community and show how public engagement has built substantial momentum over several years.  

November 2017

  • 29 Nov 2017

    To mark our 50th Anniversary, the University hosted a celebration event at the Apex Hotel for its longest serving members of staff. The event was a thank you to all those staff who had contributed over 25 years or more to the University. Making a total of over 7,000 years, around 250 staff enjoyed afternoon tea and a chance to catch up with old friends.

  • Rebecca Buick
    27 Nov 2017

    One of this year's Life Sciences graduates, Rebecca Buick, has won the 2017 Royal Society for Biology in Scotland Outreach Champion competition. Rebecca undertook a Science Communication Honours project under the supervision of Jenny Woof, and also took part in a couple of other events that Jenny was engaged in during the Dundee Science Festival 2016.

  • David Martin and Graham Christie
    24 Nov 2017

    The contributions of Dr Graham Christie and Dr David Martin from the D’Arcy Thompson Unit (DTU) and Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education (BBSE) have been acknowledged externally and by the School recently. Graham has been promoted to Senior Lecturer in the recent round of promotions and has been made a Fellow of the Physiological Society (FPhysiol). David has been made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

  • Professor Doreen Cantrell
    22 Nov 2017

    Professor Doreen Cantrell, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the School of Life Sciences, gave the Novartis Medal and Prize Lecture today at Charles Darwin House, London, UK. Seen as one of the UK’s most prestigious honours in biochemistry, the prize is awarded annually in recognition of contributions to the development of any branch of biochemistry and is open to candidates of any nationality working in the UK and Ireland. Professor was the 2017 recipient. 

  • Kate Storey & Ioannis Kasioulis
    20 Nov 2017

    New work from Professor Kate Storey’s laboratory has recently been published in eLife.

  • Journal of Cell Science Cover
    15 Nov 2017

    Maintenance of tissues requires a delicate balance between a number of processes such as the increase in the number of cells (proliferation) and the type of cells they become (differentiation).  Changes in this balance can lead to tumour formation.  Work from Professor Inke Näthke and her colleagues in the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology focussing on the intestinal tract and on colon cancer has shed further light on this area. 

  • 13 Nov 2017

    A collaboration between the Lamond and Watt groups identifies a key role of specific protein phosphatases in human skin stem cell commitment to differentiation.