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.
10 Aug 2018
Dr Ramasubramanian Sudaramoorthy and co-workers have determined the structure of an enzyme that regulates access to DNA bound to a ubiquitinylated nucleosome. This work has been published in the journal eLife.
08 Aug 2018
Dr Sarah Coulthurst, Deputy Head of Molecular Microbiology, has been awarded the Patrick Neill Medal for her outstanding research work in the field of microbiology, particularly in the area of bacterial communication and competition.
02 Aug 2018
One of the UK’s leading researchers into Parkinson’s disease has received a major funding award to continue with his groundbreaking work. Dr Miratul Muqit, senior researcher in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU), has been awarded £2million following the renewal of his Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science.
01 Aug 2018
Students at the University of Dundee are being encouraged to think earthworm instead of bookworm following the creation of new allotments on campus. Plot holders can look forward to good thymes cultivating herbs or the swede taste of success with home grown vegetables after 20 raised beds were created on the site of the former Biological Sciences Institute on Miller’s Wynd.
31 Jul 2018
The latest research from the Dale lab, in collaboration with Professor Kate Storey, has explained the important role that Myc plays in linking different stages of mouse embryonic development. The findings have been published in the journal Development and has been selected to feature as part of that editions’ ‘Research Highlights’ section.
30 Jul 2018
Potato blight, caused by the water mould Phytophthora infestans, is the major disease of potatoes worldwide and is thus a threat to food security. New research from the Birch lab in the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute has discovered a mechanism that could combat late light disease. The findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
27 Jul 2018
The Microbiology Society announced Senga Robertson-Albertyn, a PhD student from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute, as the winner of their 2018 Microbiology Outreach Prize for her project Microbe Motels: How to make a Healthy Poo.