University of Dundee

Professor Doreen Cantrell awarded highly prestigious Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship

19 Mar 2012

Head of College, Professor Doreen Cantrell has been awarded a Principal Research Fellowshipswhich the Wellcome Trust considers to be the most prominent of their personal awards, providing long-term support for researchers of international standing. All Wellcome Principal Research Fellows will have demonstrated an established track record in research at the highest level.

Professor Cantrell’s
grant has been renewed with an award of over £5.5 million for research into the
“Analysis of serine kinase function and regulation in T lymphocytes”.

Professor Cantrell FRSE, FRMedSci was earlier this year made a Fellow of the Royal Society and appointed Head of the College of Life Sciences and Vice-Principal of the University of Dundee. She is Professor of Cellular Immunologyand her research focuses on T lymphocyte signal transduction in particular the analysis of the biochemistry and biology of Rho family GTPases and the serine kinase Protein Kinase D in T cells.

Professor Cantrell commented, “I am very grateful to the Wellcome Trust and believe that the relationship between the Trust and the University of Dundee has played an integral part in the funding of these two Fellowships. The Wellcome certainly seem to appreciate our vision for Life Sciences research.”

Professor Cantrell’s renewal brings the total number of Wellcome Principal Research Fellows at the College to four. Earlier this year Professor Tomo Tanaka received a Principal Research Fellowship for research into "Molecular mechanisms regulating the kinetochore-microtubule interaction in mitosis”. Other Wellcome Trust Principal Research fellows include:

Professor Alan Fairlamb, Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery for “Characterisation and validation of drug targets in the Kinetoplastida”.

Professor Angus Lamond,Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression for “
Structure and function of the mammalian cell nucleus”.