University of Dundee

College of Life Sciences

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CLS

Alliance launched between Dundee and Copenhagen researchers in metabolism and cell signalling

The three-year alliance will allow knowledge, skills and technology sharing, as well as two joint postdoctoral positions, in order to accelerate discoveries on molecular metabolic signalling in control of glucose homeostasis

We are proud to announce the launch of an International Research Alliance between the Medical Research Council Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU), at the University of Dundee, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), at the University of Copenhagen.

Virtual work experience to introduce pupils to the world of life science

This week over 40 pupils from across Scotland will come together online to attend a virtual work experience week at the University of Dundee. 

Each year the School of Life Sciences hosts S5-6 students from local schools to give pupils the opportunity to investigate potential career opportunities before moving into further education. This year, the Life Science Work Experience Week has been brought online for the first time and also includes the School of Medicine, introducing pupils from across the country to the world of science research and study at the University. 

Continued excellent levels of student satisfaction and employability for Biological and Biomedical Sciences programmes

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 were recently announced with continued successes for our Biological and Biomedical Sciences programmes. Our degrees, offered through the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine, maintained the high satisfaction rates that have been recorded in recent years.

Congratulations to Life Sciences Prize Winners 2019/20

We would like to congratulate all of our prize winners for the academic year 2019/20 in the School of Life Sciences. We know it has been a challenging year for many reasons, but the dedication and effort you have all put into your studies has been rewarded by your success in winning a school prize (or in some cases more than one!). For those that have graduated we wish you every success in the future and please do keep in touch! For those that are coming back to continue their studies-we look forward to seeing you in the early Autumn.

Best wishes

Scientists destroy ‘undruggable’ cancer-causing protein

University of Dundee researchers have demonstrated a new method of destroying an ‘undruggable’ protein known to play a role in cancer, raising the possibility of a new therapeutic approach to the disease.

Mutations of the K-Ras protein have long been known to cause many cancers, including lung, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers, but despite decades of work by researchers across the world, an inhibitor for this protein has proven elusive. As a result, scientists have increasingly looked to novel ways of targeting K-Ras.

Double win for Hari Hundal in DUSA Awards

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.

COVID Stories: There would be no world-leading research without our Support Staff (Part 2)

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.

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