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December 2015

  • 18 Dec 2015

    An enzyme crucial to the process of DNA repair in our cells has been mapped in atomic detail by researchers at the University of Dundee, the UK’s top-rated University for Biological Sciences.   DNA repair plays a key role in human diseases such as cancer. Researchers say that revealing the 3D molecular structure of a key enzyme involved in this process could be an important step towards developing future drugs.  

February 2015

  • 03 Feb 2015

    David Lilley has been awarded the RNA Society’s 2015 Lifetime Service Award   Professor Lilley is Chair of Molecular Biology and Director of the CR-UK Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group at the University of Dundee. He has spent over 40 years studying the structure and physical biochemical properties of nucleic acids and proteins, including chromatin complexes, DNA & RNA junctions and cruciforms, multiple ribozyme motifs, and numerous nucleic acid modifications. 

October 2014

  • 31 Oct 2014

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered a hidden `code’ that tells our key genetic molecules how to structure themselves, thereby allowing them to carry out their work.   In a research paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Professor David Lilley and colleagues describe how a crucial part of RNA called the `kink-turn’ operates.  

July 2014

  • 21 Jul 2014

    Researchers from the University of Dundee have defined the structure of a recently discovered enzyme, raising the possibility of learning more about the evolution of organisms over billions of years.   Using X-ray crystallography, Professor David Lilley and a team from the Cancer Research UK Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group at Dundee’s College of Life Sciences were able to determine the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of the ‘twister’ ribozyme, discovered by scientists at the University of Yale earlier this year.  

April 2014

  • 04 Apr 2014

    A prestigious international conference will see developments in microwave radiation and diamond spins discussed at the University of Dundee from Sunday onwards.   The University will host the 47th Annual International Meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy Group from April 6th-10th. More than 100 delegates from around the world will take part in the event.  

January 2014

  • 08 Jan 2014

    University of Dundee is to host the 47th Annual International Meeting of the ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 6th - 10th April 2014. This long running, and highly regarded, international conference is a platform for scientists working in the broad area of Electron Spin Resonance and features the prestigious "Bruker Lecture" awarded annually to a scientist who has made significant contributions to ESR.

July 2012

May 2012

  • 09 May 2012

    This year's College of Life Sciences Teaching Awards have now been announced. The Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Linda Morris and Dave Norman for their submission ‘Molecules in 3D’. The Award for for Innovation in Teaching goes to Helen Weavers and Audrey Duncan from ISE, for their submission ‘Sports Science Internship Programme’.

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