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.
06 Sep 2018
The newest spin-out company from the School, Platinum Informatics Ltd, has already been recognised by Converge Challenge who aim to create a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland. The company founded by Professor Angus Lamond and Rob Kent has made the final for the Converge Challenge award category for those with an established idea. The company looks to maximise the efficiency and productivity of the modern workplace by enabling access to Big Data Technology.
04 Sep 2018
Researchers at the University of Dundee have identified a new drug target in parasites that cause major neglected tropical diseases, a discovery that contributes towards a global drive to eliminate these diseases by 2030.
03 Sep 2018
Three new funding awards from the Global Challenges Research Fund were recently made to research teams in the Division of Plant Sciences.
21 Aug 2018
Two University of Dundee scientists have been awarded prestigious fellowships worth more than £1 million each to fund their research over the next five years. Dr Greg Findlay and Dr David Murray received Sir Henry Dale Fellowships that will enable them to develop the work and profile of their laboratories. Two postdoctoral positions will also be created at Dundee’s School of Life Sciences as a result of the award.
20 Aug 2018
Dr Gabriele Schweikert has opened a new research laboratory in a joint appointment between the Division of Computational Biology in the School and Cyber Valley in Tuebingen. Gabriele will use Machine Learning Tools to better understand important molecular processes in living cells, with a particular interest in epigenetic mechanisms.
17 Aug 2018
Life Sciences hosted over 50 students this Summer. This week, no less than 40 students, from Dundee, the rest of Scotland and the UK, but also from abroad as far afield as Singapore, presented their results in this years’ summer students symposium. There were two amazing afternoons with excellent and very well-structured talks. Anton Gartner, Summer School Academic Lead, learnt a lot from the student talks, which covered to diverse research undertaken in the School. Highlights included:
16 Aug 2018
An electrifying puzzle that has evaded scientists for more than half a century, likened to a cellular Mexican wave, has finally been explained, according to a team of European scientists led by the University of Dundee. The study, published in Nature Chemistry this week, explains how the switches that control signals to and from your brain across your body, making it possible for us to move, think and feel, are controlled.
New methodology for isolating polysomes and other large subcellular structures developed by Lamond...14 Aug 2018
The Lamond laboratory have developed an efficient and highly reproducible new methodology for isolating polysomes and other large subcellular structures, termed ‘Ribo Mega-SEC’, which they have used to study protein translation complexes in cell lines and tissues.