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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Beatriz Baragana Q&A

Beatriz Baragana is from Asturias in Spain and moved to Scotland in 2001. She is the portfolio manager in the Drug Discovery Unit for the apicomplexan drug discovery projects (malaria and cryptosporidiosis). Since lockdown, Beatriz has helped to start a coronavirus project in the DDU funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?

David Gray Q&A

Born in Glasgow, David Gray is Head of Biology for the Drug Discovery Unit and a Professor of Translational Biology. Since March, alongside his day to day role at the University of Dundee, David has been involved in the establishment and running of the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow alongside Stuart McElroy and Phil Jones from BioAscent.

When were you approached to be involved in the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow and why?

Michael Hannan Q&A

Dundee born and bred; Michael Hannan has been the Store Manager of the School since 1 May 2020. He has worked at the University of Dundee for almost 25 years. Before lockdown, Mike was leading the Stores Team from the basement of the research complex. Since March, he has been leading a reduced team, mostly from home.

What’s your typical day now and what was it like beforehand?

Karen Pope Q&A

Karen Pope, Dundee born and bred, is Personal Assistant to Professor Sir Mike Ferguson and Professor Paul Wyatt (Head of the Drug Discovery Unit, DDU). She also directly supports Professor David Gray and is the admin supervisor in the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (BCDD). Karen is now working from home.

What’s your typical day now and what was it like beforehand?

Carol Urquhart Q&A

Carol Urquhart is the Personal Assistant (PA) to Professors Angus Lamond and Doreen Cantrell in the School of Life Sciences. Usually, she is based within the newest building in our research complex, the Discovery Centre. Now she is working from home.

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Senga Robertson-Albertyn

Graduated 2015. Honours Project: Science Communication. 

Senga completed a PhD in the Division of Plant Sciences and is now a Postdoctoral Researcher there. During her PhD, Senga has been recognised nationally for her public engagement work. She was awarded the Microbiology Outreach Prize 2018 and was the first postgraduate student to be awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Innovator’s Prize for Public Engagement in 2020.

Nicola Goodman Q&A

Born in Glenrothes, Fife (though the accent seems to fool most people into thinking I am either "posh Scottish from Edinburgh" or American...) Nicola Goodman is a lab technician in the laboratory of Dr Paul Davies at the MRC-PPU at the University of Dundee. Since April, Nicola has been working on COVID-19 research.

What COVID-19 project are you working on?