In the final part of our COVID Stories series, we look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon scientists that do not work in a “wet” laboratory, namely members of our Division of Computational Biology, plus learn about recently funded COVID-19 research now underway in the School.
Cell Signalling and Immunology
Latest research led by Ignacio Moraga’s lab in the School has shown how binding affinity is key to anti-inflammatory protein Interleukin-10’s (IL-10) biological effects. This work is published today in Science Signaling.
Tricia Cohen, co-founding Principal Investigator of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit died from Lymphoma in August 2020. She was 76.
Professor Hari Hundal from the School was recognised by the student community in the University at the Dundee University Student Association (DUSA) student-led teaching awards this week. Hari won two awards for his teaching. These were in the Innovation in Teaching category and the Most Inspirational Teacher category (jointly won). These wins follow his award last year, where he also won in the Most Inspirational Teacher category.
During lockdown, the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee was not closed. Work continued albeit on a much smaller scale than usual, with the majority of the ongoing research focussed on coronavirus. Our support staff were absolutely critical in keeping the research complex functioning to allow this important work to happen. As we have entered phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown, we look back over the past few months and the challenges that our community in the School encountered and had to overcome.
A University of Dundee researcher has uncovered why parasitic worm infections seem to protect people from developing asthma, paving the way for potential future treatments for the disease.
Although it has been known for some time that parasites called roundworms, which live in the intestines of people and animals, can prevent the development of allergic immune responses, scientists have been unable to explain how this happens.
Scientists and clinicians based at the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine at the University have been awarded funding from the Chief Scientist Office that will help identify those most vulnerable to severe symptoms of coronavirus.
The team led by Professor Doreen Cantrell, a Professor of Cellular Immunology and Professor James Chalmers, a leading respiratory disease physician at Ninewells, has been awarded £294,000 to help identify patients experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 whose condition could significantly worsen.
A protocol for utilizing human peripheral blood neutrophils for research into the Parkinson’s disease associated LRRK2 kinase has been published. The collaborative work led by Esther Sammler, Clinical Programme Leader in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit in the School and Clinical Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in the School of Medicine.