University of Dundee

Two CLS Alumni Elected as Fellows of The Royal Society

29 May 2009

Professor Brian Hemmings, a former post-doc (1980-1982) with Professor Sir Philip Cohen FRS and Professor David Glover, former faculty member (1990 - 1998) were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society on 15th May 2009. The College of Life Sciences offers warm congratulations to our former Colleagues.

Brian Hemmings, a former postdoctoral researcher in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit at Dundee, and now a Research Scientist at the Friedrich-Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of London, in recognition of his major contributions to the field of protein kinases and phosphatases. He made major contributions to our knowledge of the structure and regulation of the protein phosphatase 2A, unravelling the molecular complexity of its multiple regulatory components. He was also the first to identify Protein Kinase B, also called Akt, and made important contributions to our understanding of its functions. Protein kinase B has subsequently become an important target for the development of anti-cancer drugs, and inhibitors of this enzyme are undergoing clinical trials. More recently, he has made important contributions to our understanding of the function and regulation of the NDR kinase.

David Glover was Professor of Molecular Genetics and Director of the CRC Cell Cycle Genetics Research Group at the University of Dundee (1990 - 1998) before moving to Cambridge University, Department of Genetics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his many contribution to our understanding of the cell-cycle and , in particular , his discovery of the Polo and Aurora Kinases that are central to the orchestration of mitosis.

Each year, just over 40 people across the UK, Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, working in all branches of science ranging from mathematics to astronomy, physics, chemistry, genetics, botany and medicine, are elected to The Royal Society Fellowship. It is the world’s oldest national academy of sciences being founded in 1660 by King Charles II.