University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. In the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality in UK higher education institutions – REF2014 –Dundee was ranked the top University in Biological Sciences. More recent rankings widely recognized as indicators of scientific excellence place Dundee high in their rankings. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019 for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact places Dundee is 1st in the UK and Europe, 5th in the World as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. This year’s ‘The State of Innovation’ report by Clarivate Analytics ranks Dundee as the most influential scientific research institution in the world for pharmaceuticals for the period 2006-16. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.

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Andy Howden Q&A

Andy Howden, from Dundee, is a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Doreen Cantrell’s lab in the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology at the University of Dundee. Andy has been working on a COVID-19 project funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office, Scotland since it was awarded in May.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?

Frances Wong Q&A

Frances Wong is from and still lives in Edinburgh. She works remotely as part of the OME team where she is the Curator for the Image Data Resource (IDR). Since March, Frances has shifted from blended working to being based fully at home.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?

Jason Swedlow Q&A

Born in Los Angeles, USA, Jason Swedlow had an international upbringing, growing up Pittsburgh, London, Boston and San Francisco. Jason wears many hats as he is a Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology based within three divisions in the School of Life Sciences (Gene Regulation and Expression, Computational Biology, and BCDD). He is also founder of three organisations; Open Microscopy Environment (Director), Glencoe Software (CEO) and Tartan Cell Technologies (Director). Since March, COVID has become part of the portfolio of work that he and his teams work on.

Simon Li Q&A

Originally from Birmingham, UK, Simon Li is a systems and software engineer in the Open Microscopy Environment (OME). He is part of the OME team that develops and manages systems like the Image Data Resource, and School of Life Science's own nightshade OMERO.server. In April, new image data of the SARS-CoV-2 virus needed a platform for sharing with the wider scientific community. Simon assisted with this work.

What do you normally work on and how has COVID-19 become part of that work?

Lesley-Anne Pearson Q&A

Originally from Edinburgh, Lesley-Anne Pearson has been in Dundee for more than half her life, so feels like she is more from here than there! She is a Biologist working in the Drug Discovery Unit. Lesley-Anne has been conducting experiments investigating the actions of a particular SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) protein to aid the destruction of the virus.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?

Colin Robinson Q&A

Colin Robinson is originally from Ballymena, Northern Ireland and is a Medicinal Chemist within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU). Since March, Colin has worked in the Units’ COVID-19 group to discover new medicines to treat the virus.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?

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