University of Dundee

Principal Investigators


Dr. Constance Alabert

Principal Investigator
DNA replication in the context of chromatin – Implications for human diseases

Professor Dario Alessi FRS FRSE

Professor of Signal Transduction and Director of MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) and the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy Unit (DSTT)
Understanding signalling pathways mutated in inherited disorders

Professor Simon Arthur

Professor of Immune Signalling and Deputy Head of the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology
Signaling networks that control inflammation

Professor Geoff Barton FRSB

Professor of Bioinformatics
Protein and nucleic acid sequence analysis and function prediction

Professor Paul Birch FRSE

Professor of Plant Pathology and Head of Division of Plant Sciences
Plant pathogen interactions

Professor Julian Blow FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Chromosome Maintenance
How DNA replication is organised and controlled to ensure precise chromosome duplication

Dr Jorunn Bos

Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellow

Professor John Brown

Chair of Molecular Plant Sciences
RNA processing and expression

Dr Davide Bulgarelli

Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow
Structure, function and host control of the plant microbiota

Dr Paul Campbell

Associate Principal Investigator
The application of Physics to Biology

Professor Doreen Cantrell CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Cellular Immunology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
T-lymphocyte signal transduction

Professor Alessio Ciulli FRSC

Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology
Chemical and Structural Biology of Protein-Protein Interactions

Professor Geoffrey Codd FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Microbiology
Cyanotoxins and microbial metabolites

Professor Sir Philip Cohen FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Enzymology and Co-Director of the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT)
Signaling Networks that Regulate the Innate Immune System

Professor Tricia Cohen FRSB

Professor of Molecular Biology
Protein phosphatases in cellular regulation

Dr Sarah Coulthurst

Reader and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Bacterial pathogens and protein secretion systems

Professor Victoria Cowling

Professor of Biology, Lister Institute Fellow, MRC Senior Fellow and Deputy-Head of The Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
mRNA cap regulation of T cells, embryonic stem cells and cancer cells

Professor Paul Crocker FRSE

Professor of Glycoimmunology and Head of the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology
Glycan-dependent regulation of immune and inflammatory responses

Dr Kim Dale

Royal Society University Research Fellow and Associate Dean (International)
Establishing the vertebrate embryonic body plan

Dr Helge Dorfmueller

Royal Society and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Investigation of cell wall biogenesis in Streptococci

Professor Alan Fairlamb CBE, FLS, FRSE, FMedSci, FSB

Professor of Biochemistry and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow
Biochemical Drug Targets in Parasites

Professor Mike Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci

Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy
Molecular parasitology, glycobiology and drug discovery

Professor Mark Field

Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology
Molecular parasitology, intracellular transport, gene expression, eukaryotic evolution

Dr Greg Findlay

Programme Leader
Embryonic Stem Cell Signaling Modules

Professor Andy Flavell

Associate Staff
Structure, evolution and biodiversity of crop plant genomes

Professor Geoff Gadd FSB FLS FLSW FRSE

Boyd Baxter Chair of Biology
Geomicrobiology, Geomycology and Bioremediation

Dr Ian Ganley

Programme Leader
Molecular analysis of autophagy

Professor Anton Gartner

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
C. elegans genetics as a model to study basic biological problems

Professor Ian Gilbert FRSC

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Head of the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Design and synthesis of potential therapeutic agents

Dr David Gray

Head of Biology
Molecular Pharmacology and Compound Screening

Professor Claire Halpin FRSE

Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Plant Biology and Biotechnology
Manipulation of plant metabolism using reverse genetics

Professor Grahame Hardie FRS, FRSE, FMedSci

Professor of Cellular Signalling
The LKB1-AMPK signalling cascade

Professor Ron Hay FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Molecular Biology
Role of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins in transcriptional regulation

Dr Ingo Hein

Principal Investigator
Plant Pathogen Co-evolution

Dr Piers Hemsley

Principal Investigator
Regulation of protein function in plants by S-acylation

Professor Andrew Hopkins FRSC FRSE

Chair of Medicinal Informatics and SULSA Research Professor of Translational Biology
Chemoinformatics, chemogenomics and drug discovery

Professor David Horn FRSE

Professor of Parasite Molecular Biology
Antigenic variation, drug resistance and RNAi screens in trypanosomes

Dr Edgar Huitema

Senior Lecturer
Mechanisms of virulence acquisition during Phytophthora-host associations

Professor Hari Hundal FHEA FSB

Professor of Molecular Physiology
Hormonal, nutrient and stress-mediated modulation of fuel and energy metabolism

Professor Bill Hunter FRSE, FMedSci, FRSC

Professor of Structural Biology
Protein structure and function; fundamental chemical biology and early stage antimicrobial drug discovery

Dr Jens Januschke

Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Dynamics of cell polarisation

Professor Lyn Jones

Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology
The Adaptation of Plants to Environmental Stresses

Dr. Yogesh Kulathu

Programme Leader
Ubiquitin signalling mechanisms

Professor Karim Labib FRSE

Professor of Genome Integrity
Roles and regulation of the eukaryotic replisome in preserving genome integrity and epigenetics

Professor Angus Lamond FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Biochemistry
Nuclear structure proteomics and gene expression

Professor David Lilley FRS FRSE FRSC

Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group
Nucleic acid structure

Professor Carol MacKintosh

Professor of Molecular Signalling and and Head of Postgraduate Studies
Diabetes and cancer as disorders of 'signal multiplexing' in the vertebrate animals

Dr. David McEwan

Principal Investigator

Dr Sarah McKim

Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellow
Developmental biology of plant architecture

Professor Irwin McLean FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Human Genetics
Dermatology and Genetic Medicine - treating genetic disease

Dr. Ignacio Moraga Gonzalez

Principal Investigator

Dr Miratul Muqit

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science and Programme Leader
Elucidation of the PINK1 signaling pathway in Parkinson’s disease

Dr Philip Murray


Professor Inke Nathke

Professor of Epithelial Biology and Cancer, Deputy Head of the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology
From molecules to tissue architecture

Dr David Norman

Reader in Structural Biology
Magnetic Resonance, FRET, EPR, Spin-labeling and PELDOR

Professor Tom Owen-Hughes FRSE

Professor of Chromatin Structure and Function, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Chromatin structure and gene regulation

Professor Tracy Palmer FRSE FSB FAAM MEAM

Professor of Molecular Microbiology
Protein Transport in Bacteria

Dr Mattie Pawlowic

Principal Investigator, Lecturer

Dr Andrei Pisliakov

Senior Lecturer in Physics & Dundee Fellow
Computational Biophysics

Professor John Raven FRS FRSE

Emeritus Professor
Interactions among resources in the growth of phytoplankton

Professor Kevin Read

Professor of Quantitative Pharmacology and Head of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Drug discovery, lead optimisation and preclinical development

Professor John Rouse FRSE

Programme Leader in Protein Phosphorylation
Control of chromosome stability and DNA repair in health and disease

Dr Gopal Sapkota

Programme Leader in Protein Phosphorylation
Untangling the TGFβ and Wnt signalling networks in cells, development and human diseases

Professor Frank Sargent FRSE

Professor of Bacterial Physiology
Microbial Physiology and Biotechnology

Professor Pauline Schaap FRSE

Professor of Developmental Signalling
Experimental and evolutionary reconstruction of developmental signalling pathways

Professor Gordon Simpson

Professor of Molecular Genetics and Deputy Head of Division of Plant Sciences
RNA and Development

Dr Rastko Sknepnek

Lecturer and Dundee Fellow
Computational soft condensed matter and biophysics group

Professor Janet Sprent OBE, FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology and Nodulation in legumes

Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall FRSE FRSB FEAM

Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology
Understanding the molecular mechanism of biofilm formation

Professor Mike Stark

Emeritus Professor of Yeast Molecular Biology
Regulation of Yeast Cell Growth and Division

Dr Marios Stavridis

Programme Lead (Biological Sciences) & Principal Investigator
Pluripotent stem cell biology

Professor Kate Storey FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Neural Development and Head of the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology
Neural differentiation in embryos and embryonic stem cells

Dr. Mahima Swamy

Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Immune interactions at the intestinal epithelium

Professor Jason Swedlow FRSE

Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology
Mitotic chromosome dynamics

Professor Tomo Tanaka FRSE

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Mechanisms ensuring proper chromosome segregation in mitosis

Dr Peter Taylor

Research Associate in Molecular Physiology
Mechanisms of amino acid transport across mammalian cell membranes

Professor Daan van Aalten FRSE

Professor of Biological Chemistry
The role of the O-GlcNAc posttranslational modification in neurodegeneration

Professor Van Steensel

Clinical Professor of Genetic Dermatology
Genetic dermatology - from the clinical identification of novel disorders to ciliary biology

Dr Satpal Virdee

Programme Leader in Protein Ubiquitylation
Chemical Biology Approaches for Studying The Ubiquitin System

Professor Colin Watts FRS FRSE FMedSci

Professor of Immunobiology
The Cell Biology of the Immune System

Professor Robbie Waugh FRSE

Personal Chair of Crop Genomics
Personal Chair of Crop Genomics

Professor Kees Weijer FRSE

Professor of Developmental Physiology and Head of Systems Biology
Cell-cell signalling and chemotactic cell movement during development

Professor Jeff Williams FRSE

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Signal transduction pathways that regulate Dictyostelium gene expression

Professor Jenny Woof FRSB, FHEA

Professor and Associate Dean (Quality & Academic Standards)

Professor Paul Wyatt FRSE

Professor of Drug Discovery and Head of the Drug Discovery Unit
The discovery of therapeutics for neglected diseases and the translation of novel biology through small molecule drug discovery

Ulrich Zachariae

Computational Biophysics and Drug Discovery

Dr Joost Zomerdijk

Reader in Gene Regulation and Expression
Molecular mechanisms and control in transcription by RNA polymerase I