Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology has been awarded tenure this week. His research focus is on how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila.
Jens joined the School of Life Sciences in 2012 as a Principal Investigator, where in February 2013 he was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. He received an extension to this fellowship in January this year.
His career started in the department of developmental biology in the University in Cologne where he obtained his masters degree. For his PhD he moved to the Institute Jacques Monod in Paris and worked on mRNA localisation in Drosophila oocytes. He then moved to the Institue for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona where he joined the cell division group as a postdoctoral fellow.
Alongside his laboratory research, Jens is involved in the wider research community, teaching and public engagement.
Jens oversees the infrastructure for Drosophila biology in the School, is co-organizer of the annual UK Fly cell biologists retreat as well as of Scottish Developmental Biology Group meetings. Recently, he was elected to the executive committee of the British Society for Developmental Biology.
Closer to home, in addition to contributing lectures on developmental genetics to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, Jens has completed formal postgraduate teacher training to become an associate of the Higher Education Academy. Since arriving in Dundee, Jens has had three summer students, five Erasmus students, several rotation students and a successful PhD student Matthew Hannaford, who is now beginning a postdoc at NIH. Within the Division, Jens runs their Divisional journal club for postdocs and students.
Jens has also developed a lively series of public engagement activities including working with an artist in residence Mat Fleming. He is currently working in collaboration with colleagues from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and North East of North (NEoN) Digital Arts Festival to deliver a series of workshops on stem cell research through video game development to young people. This new project was funded from his recent Fellowship renewal.
Professor Kate Storey, Head of the Division said, “As you will have gathered, Jens is an inspirational and much valued colleague in the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology and beyond. I send many congratulations to Jens on this much deserved achievement.”