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University campaign welcomes major coronavirus campaign donation

A University of Dundee campaign to fund research into coronaviruses has received a significant donation from a Scottish charitable trust. 

The contribution from the Northwood Charitable Trust, the associated charity of the Thomson family, will support scientists within the University’s Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine, who are undertaking valuable research to reveal the secrets of Covid-19 and contribute to vaccines and therapies for those affected by the disease. 

Life Sciences graduate’s search for COVID-19 treatments

When Ashley Giam left Singapore for the UK, she could not have imagined that the move would lead to her working on potential treatments for the deadliest pandemic the world has seen for a century.

Back in 2016, Ashley came to the University of Dundee to study for a Biomedical Sciences degree. Ashley fell in love with research during that time, and the offer of a PhD place at the University in the School of Medicine was the reward for her stellar academic performance.

Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship renewal for Sarah Coulthurst

Dr Sarah Coulthurst, deputy head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, has had her Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship renewed for a further five years. The £1.9 million award will allow Sarah and her team to continue their ongoing work to understand how bacteria can use a weapon known as the ‘Type VI secretion system’ to effectively kill or disable other competitor bacteria. 

Outstanding performance for Life Science undergraduate degree courses

Our Biological Sciences courses have been ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland in the newly published Complete University Guide 2021 rankings.

Dundee was only behind Cambridge and Oxford in the rankings. In addition, we were ranked 2nd in the UK in the Pharmacology & Pharmacy category which recognizes our outstanding Pharmacology degree course.

Dundee part of new consortium that will make tools to unlock disease biology

Almost twenty years after deciphering the human genome, our understanding of human disease is still far from complete. One of the most powerful and versatile tools to better understand biology and disease-relevant processes are well-characterized small chemical modulators of protein function. The newly formed public-private partnership “Enabling and Unlocking biology in the OPEN” (EUbOPEN) aims to develop high quality chemical tool compounds for 1,000 proteins (one third of the druggable proteins in the human body).

COVID Stories: Dundee scientific expertise refocussed to the pandemic response (Part 1)

In 2020 the research landscape across the world has shifted focus to work together to combat COVID-19. In the School of Life Sciences, many of our staff and students, a group that continues to grow, have joined this collective research effort. This rapid response has involved our scientists diverting, in many cases, from their regular research projects to provide expertise for creating new tools to analyse the SARS-CoV-2 virus, working with clinical researchers or in some cases helping to coordinate or donating vital scientific equipment to contribute a national testing effort.

Tiny Superheroes Bring Home Learning to Life!

A raft of family-friendly activities highlighting the ‘superhero powers’ of microbes have been lined up by University of Dundee scientists to keep children engaged in science during lockdown.

Researchers from the School of Life Sciences are taking over Dundee Science Centre’s Home Learning Programme for five days as of Monday 8 June 2020, supporting parents and carers with home schooling.

The team will be sharing the amazing world of life at the far end of the microscope, looking at the monumental impact of microscopic microbes.

Public Engagement Funding Award for van Aalten lab Care to Share project

The van Aalten lab has been awarded ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award to run an innovative project focused on the role of science, lifestyle and one’s social circle in managing neurodegenerative diseases (NDs). The Care to Share project aims to equip participants with practical strategies and networks important in dealing with NDs.

The Care to Share project will utilise games to: