David Murray has joined the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology. David comes from Marino Zerial’s laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany, where he was a postdoctoral researcher.
School of Research
The newest laboratories in the School have been established in the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression. Former postdoctoral researcher in the Centre, Federico Pelisch, is now establishing his own research group following the award of an MRC Career Development Fellowship while Kasper Rasmussen, joins us from the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) at the University of Copenhagen.
Pelisch Laboratory Research Overview
The African trypanosome causes African sleeping sickness, a hideous disease transmitted by the tsetse fly that, untreated, leads to character disintegration, comma and death. The trypanosome parasite evades the patient’s immune system by ‘antigenic variation’, which is the swapping one protective surface coat for another.
The University of Dundee has appointed Professor Andrew Atherton as its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Atherton is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Enterprise at Lancaster University and is an expert in SME policy and China. At Lancaster he is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the overall academic development of the University, and oversees annual planning and major institutional projects.
Professor Victoria Cowling was selected by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as one of their case studies for the launch last week of their new prestigious £900 million Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme. In 2007, she was a recipient of UK government funding through a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award. This initial investment in Vicky to allowed her to study a cancer-causing protein called Myc.
Joint MRC PPU/GRE Informal Seminar
Each year at their annual Summer Conference, the Society of Applied Microbiology (SfAM) award their prestigious W H Pierce Prize to a young microbiologist who‘s made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology. This year, they are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 W H Pierce Prize is Dr Sarah Coulthurst, of the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.