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June 2022

  • Jin Rui (Amos) Liang
    08 Jun 2022

    Jin Rui (Amos) Liang has opened his laboratory in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU). Amos intends to identify and characterise other novel factors that regulate ERphagy. He will also explore the physiological roles of ERphagy and investigate how ERphagy is disrupted in diseases such as cancer.

  • Dr Mathieu Soetens with colleagues outside the University of Dundee's School of Life Sciences building
    02 Jun 2022

    All roads lead west for a University of Dundee scientist who is using pedal power to fund research into Parkinson’s disease. Dr Mathieu Soetens, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dundee’s Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, will be in the saddle for a fortnight as he attempts to ride to one of Scotland’s most westerly points. From Friday 3 June, he will be pedalling hundreds of miles – as well as hopping on the odd boat – to complete his journey to St Kilda, which he is embarking upon in aid of the Dundee Parkinson’s Research Campaign.

  • Tricia Cohen
    02 Jun 2022

    The EMBO Workshop entitled “Reversible phosphorylation, signal integration and drug discovery” concluded last week in Vouliagmeni, near Athens, Greece  with a special lecture to mark the seminal contributions made by Tricia Cohen to the field of Protein Phosphatases. The lecture, sponsored by the International Union of Biochemistry (IUBMB), was given by Alexandra Newton of the University of California at San Diego and entitled “Protein kinase C emerging from quarantine: Phosphate as a safety switch”.

May 2022

  • 12 May 2022

    The results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced today. Dundee is the top-ranking University for Biological Sciences research, a position we have maintained since the last REF exercise in 2014. The REF2021 assessment has scored SLS as having a total of 71% of its activities being ‘world leading’ (4*) and 28% of its activities being ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).

  • Dr Xingui Liu
    03 May 2022

    Dr Xingui Liu has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship to undertake research in the lab of Professor Alessio Ciulli in the newly established Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation (CeTPD). The project is in collaboration with Professor Dario Alessi from the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit and a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

March 2022

  • Venture Competition Logo
    21 Mar 2022

    At the end of last month, members of the Life Sciences community took part in the annual Venture Competition. Venture 2022 is a new business idea competition for all University of Dundee Students, Staff and Recent Graduates. It is the final event of Entrepreneurship Week run by the University's Centre for Entrepreneurship.

February 2022

  • Kirby Swatek
    01 Feb 2022

    Kirby Swatek opened an independent research laboratory in the MRC PPU at the beginning of 2022. He has taken up a core funded MRC Investigator position to investigate the role played by the ubiquitin-like protein ISG15 in key immune responses that protect cells from invading viruses. 

January 2022

  • Left: Current lab members Hina Ojha and Olawale Raimi who co-led the work. Right: AlphaFold model of human PINK1.
    20 Jan 2022

    Mutations in PINK1 are the second most frequent cause of autosomal recessive early-onset Parkinson’s disease. PINK1 is activated upon mitochondrial damage to phosphorylate Ubiquitin and Parkin to stimulate Parkin E3 ligase activity, and this is critical for removal of damaged mitochondria by autophagy (mitophagy).

  • 19 Jan 2022

    Review of the Year 2021 took place virtually today with the former Interim Dean, Inke Näthke sharing the highlights of activity within the School from 2021. Returning Dean, Julian Blow concluded the review with a look to the future where he highlighted plans for the coming year. The Review included the presentation of the annual School prizes. Here are the winners: People’s Award The People’s Award is for positive contributions to School culture.

  • From left: Emily Dickie and Bill Carton
    19 Jan 2022

    Two researchers from the MRC PPU have been awarded places in the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) Forging Futures Scheme. Bill Carton (Sapkota lab) and Emily Dickie (Alessi lab) will represent the University of Dundee in the scheme, which is running for the first time in 2022.