University of Dundee

Success at the Undergraduate Awards for Life Sciences Students

27 Sep 2017

Congratulations to the following Life Sciences students and graduates who have been Highly Commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards. These awards aim to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Three of our students were Highly Commended in the Life Sciences category. They were: 

  • David Wright, BSc (Hons) Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery, 2017

In the laboratory of Professor Alessio Ciulli in BCDD, David explored the ligandability of the PHD zinc finger domains of BAZ2A and BAZ2B. David has been offered a position to work in industry.

  • Michaela Omelkova, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, 2017

Her submission was her honours thesis, conducted under the supervision of Professor Sonia Rocha in GRE, titled FAM60A is a novel D-glucose and serum responsive hypoxia regulator in HepG2 cells. Michaela is originally from Slovakia and is now doing a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in the School.

  • Maxim Tsenkov, BSc (Hons) Molecular Genetics, 2017

His thesis project was titled ‘Characterising mutant versions of PML-RARa derived from relapsed patients with refractory acute promyelocytic leukaemia’. For his final year research project in the laboratory of Professor Ron Hay in GRE, he characterised unique mutations of an oncoprotein, derived from relapsed patients with refractory acute promyelocytic leukaemia. The aim of his project was to understand why certain patients,harbouring these rare mutations, were resistant to arsenic trioxide as the treatment. He was an Associate President of the School of Life Sciences, where he facilitated and supported the communication of students’ concerns to the School of Life Sciences and the University. Maxim is now doing a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in the School.

In addition to the successes in Life Sciences, a further seven students were recognised with two students, Martha Andrews and Jordan Skrynka winners in their respective categories. Professor Karl Leydecker, Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) said, “We are absolutely delighted that Martha and Jordan have been named as global winners in their categories. This is a fantastic achievement, alongside the other eight Dundee representatives who were highly commended. The Undergraduate Awards received over 6000 submissions from across 47 countries. It is great to see University of Dundee students named in these prestigious awards that attract entries from some of the world’s top universities.”

Martha and Jordan will receive their awards at the UA Global Summit in Dublin in November.