College of Life Sciences
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.
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.
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.
MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Informal Seminar
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.