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November 2019

  • School of Life Sciences Research Complex at sunset
    21 Nov 2019

    The University of Dundee has been placed highly in the UK for the commercialisation of research in the recent Octopus Ventures Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking 2019. Dundee has been ranked 6th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for our success in converting research into successful companies.

  • Professor David Horn
    21 Nov 2019

    Professor David Horn has received a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to global efforts to overcome the disease known as African sleeping sickness. Professor Horn was presented with the William Trager Award at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in National Harbor, near Washington DC.

  • Dr Sarah McKim in the lab holding a piece of barley
    12 Nov 2019

    Dr Sarah McKim from the Division of Plant Sciences has been awarded tenure. Sarah’s research explores genetic and molecular mechanisms which control how cereal plants develop. In particular, her lab focuses on understanding the developmental genetics of architectural traits in barley which can influence grain yield and quality. 

  • 07 Nov 2019

    A researcher from the School has been presented with a prestigious science award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). Azul Zorzoli, a PhD student from Argentina, has received the Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize, which recognises outstanding academic excellence in postgraduate researchers.

  • from left to right: Vladimir Borodkin, Andrii Gorelik, Daan van Aalten, Andrew Ferenbach, Sergio Galan Bartual
    07 Nov 2019

    A University of Dundee discovery has the potential to help scientists better understand neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Researchers, led by Professor Daan van Aalten in the School, have developed a new way to tag proteins in human cells with a small sugar molecule called O-GlcNAc. There are over 20,000 proteins in every human cell and approximately 20% of these contain O-GlcNAc. The exact role played by O-GlcNAc remains a mystery but the molecule is found on proteins related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and intellectual disability.

  • Professor Paul Crocker in lab
    06 Nov 2019

    Paul Crocker is stepping down as Head of Cell Signalling and Immunology (CSI) after 5 years in the position.  While reflecting on his time in this role, Paul wanted to acknowledge the key people that made his job so much easier.

  • Nick Brewer
    05 Nov 2019

    Nick Brewer, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching for the School has been promoted to Reader as part of the 2019 Annual Review process for academic staff. Nick said, “I feel very lucky to be working with such amazing and professional colleagues in DTU-after all it’s not difficult to look good when you are surrounded by great people”.

  • Team photo (from left): Anna Segarra Fas, Tom Snelling, Margarida Trigo and Saria Mansoor
    04 Nov 2019

    An interdisciplinary team from across the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine will take part in the Biotechnology YES 2019 entrepreneurial competition next month. Anna Segarra Fas (Findlay lab, MRC-PPU), Margarida Trigo (Lambert, Martin and Langston labs, Neuroscience), Saria Mansoor (Dorfmueller lab, MMB) and Tom Snelling (Cohen lab, MRC-PPU) have joined together to form the team Recycle Enterprises (RE).

October 2019

  • Dundee-based authors from left: Raja Nirujogi, Axel Knebel, Francesca Tonelli, Pawel Lis , Kerryn Berndsen, Thomas Macartney and Mark Dorward.
    31 Oct 2019

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have made a discovery they believe has the potential to put the brakes on the ‘runaway train’ that is Parkinson’s disease. The team, based at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) in the School of Life Sciences, have discovered a new enzyme that inhibits the LRRK2 pathway. Mutations of the LRRK2 gene are the most common cause of genetic Parkinson’s.

  • 31 Oct 2019

    Professor David Lilley has been made a visiting professor at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Nankai is one of the top 20 universities in China and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Professor Lilley visited Nankai university last week where he was presented with the official notification of his professorship. He then delivered a lecture to students and scientists within the Pharmaceutical Chemistry department of the university.

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