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.
School of Research
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.
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.
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.
The University of Dundee has launched a major fundraising campaign to support research into coronaviruses.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.