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Early-Stage Researcher Award for Italian PhD student

Francesca Anna Carrieri, a PhD student in Kim Dales laboratory, has been awarded the best Italian early-stage researcher working in Scotland in Life Sciences. Part of the 2017 “Italy Made Me” Award scheme, the Italian Embassy invited young Italian researchers from across the United Kingdom to submit applications to honour the accomplishments of young Italian researchers in several academic domains including Life Sciences.

Fruit fly researcher lands funding fellowship

A scientist in the School has been awarded £568,000 by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society to research stem cells within fruit flies, which could have broad implications for understanding how stem cell division can cause cancer in humans.

Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology has received an extension of his Sir Henry Dale Fellowship to investigate how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila, also known as the fruit fly.

Congratulations following Promotions for Academic Staff

Kevin Read and Simon Arthur have been promoted to Personal Chair (Professor) as part of the 2017 Annual Review process for academic staff. Kevin Read will become Professor of Quantitative Pharmacology while Simon Arthur will be Professor of Immune Signalling.

“I would like to congratulate both Kevin and Simon on their well-deserved promotions,” said Professor Julian Blow, Dean of Research in the School of Life Sciences. “Both have made significant contributions to their respective fields over a sustained period of time as well as contributing to teaching our undergraduates.”

Parkinson’s disease-related neurons undergo significant mitophagy

Mitophagy is the autophagic removal of damaged or impaired mitochondria. A new study published in Cell Metabolism from Ian Ganley and colleagues, shows for the first time that dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra undergo a striking amount of mitophagy. This is important because it is this population of neurons that degenerate in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and impaired mitophagy has been implicated in this pathology.