University of Dundee

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May 2018

June 2017

  • Tracy Palmer
    15 Jun 2017

    The University of Dundee’s Professor Tracy Palmer has been elected as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific organisations. Professor Palmer is one among the outstanding 65 researchers from across the world to be honoured with election to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). The new intake is drawn from 19 European member states as well as Japan and the United States.

May 2017

  • 29 May 2017

    Professor Tracy Palmer is stepping down as Head of Molecular Microbiology (MMB) after 8 years in the position. When Tracy took over from Geoff Gadd in 2009, the division was very much in its infancy. Over that time, Tracy has strived to form a sense of identity and instil an ethos of togetherness within the division. More widely, Tracy has made Dundee known to be a place of excellent research in microbiology to the research community. I met with Tracy to look back on her time at the helm of MMB and to look forward to the exciting new opportunities ahead.

November 2016

October 2016

  • Professor Tracy Palmer
    10 Oct 2016

    Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that colonises approximately 30% of the human population at any one time, has now been shown to attack other bacteria, according to ground-breaking research from the University of Dundee. The bacterium which often inhabits the skin of humans and animals can cause a wide range of illnesses including minor skin infections to pneumonia, sepsis and toxic shock syndrome. Staphylococcus aureus is also one of the world’s most common causes of hospital-acquired infections.

December 2015

  • 08 Dec 2015

    Two Professors from the School of Life Sciences have been elected as members of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM). Professor Tracy Palmer, Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology and Professor Geoff Gadd, Head of the Geomicrobiology Group are both now members of the EAM, a leadership group of European microbiologists that, in close association with the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), aims to amplify the impact of microbiology and microbiologists in Europe. 

October 2013

  • The team with project supporter Brian Cox
    14 Oct 2013

    The Dundee iGEM team have been crowned European champions in a prestigious international competition designed to advance science and education.  

  • Brian Cox's cartoon alter-ego
    04 Oct 2013

    Dundee University Rector Brian Cox met his own bacterial alter-ego when he visited a student team at the College of Life Sciences, preparing for a major international competition. Brian has backed the Dundee team set to take part in the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Lyon later this month and paid them an impromptu visit in June. He returned to visit the team on Friday October 4th to see how their project has been progressing and wish them well.

June 2013

December 2012

  • 14 Dec 2012

    The movement of proteins across biological membranes is an essential feature of all cells. In bacteria proteins can either be moved in an unfolded or a folded state. Unfolded proteins are much easier to transport because they require only a narrow channel that is not much wider than the diameter of an amino acid. However, not all proteins can be exported in an unfolded state, for example because they may need a non-covalently bound cofactor for activity, which they acquire in the cytoplasmic compartment.