University of Dundee

Vicky Cowling awarded tenure

24 Apr 2012

Dr. Vicky Cowling, MRC Career Development Fellow in the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology has been awarded tenure at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

Victoria Cowling graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University with a BA in Natural Sciences and went on to do her doctoral research with Julian Downward and Gerard Evan at Cancer Research UK laboratories in London.

She was a postdoctoral researcher with Michael Cole at the Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, USA and at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dartmouth College, USA. She moved to the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee in 2007.

Vicky's research is focused on how genes that cause cancer affect the first stage of protein production by the body, which may pave the way for the development of novel drugs that destroy cancer cells by blocking this step. The Cowling group investigates the synthesis and regulation of the mRNA methyl cap, an essential structure in gene expression.

Vicky was the recipient of the Lister Research Prize 2011.