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January 2018

  • 22 Jan 2018

    Last week, at Review of the Year, Professor Julian Bow presented the annual School Prizes. The awards recognise excellence by members of the School in research and public engagement.

  • Laura Monlezun, Giuseppina Mariano and Sarah Coulthurst.
    19 Jan 2018

    Research from Dr Sarah Coulthurst’s group in the Division of Molecular Microbiology has provided new information on how bacteria fight with each other. Published today in Cell Reports, the work showed how the victimised cell’s own proteins can be hijacked by the actions of aggressive bacteria wielding a weapon called the ‘Type VI secretion system’.

  • Dr Jens Januschke
    19 Jan 2018

    A scientist in the School has been awarded £568,000 by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society to research stem cells within fruit flies, which could have broad implications for understanding how stem cell division can cause cancer in humans. Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology has received an extension of his Sir Henry Dale Fellowship to investigate how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila, also known as the fruit fly.

  • 17 Jan 2018

    Kevin Read and Simon Arthur have been promoted to Personal Chair (Professor) as part of the 2017 Annual Review process for academic staff. Kevin Read will become Professor of Quantitative Pharmacology while Simon Arthur will be Professor of Immune Signalling. “I would like to congratulate both Kevin and Simon on their well-deserved promotions,” said Professor Julian Blow, Dean of Research in the School of Life Sciences. “Both have made significant contributions to their respective fields over a sustained period of time as well as contributing to teaching our undergraduates.”

  • 15 Jan 2018

    Mitophagy is the autophagic removal of damaged or impaired mitochondria. A new study published in Cell Metabolism from Ian Ganley and colleagues, shows for the first time that dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra undergo a striking amount of mitophagy. This is important because it is this population of neurons that degenerate in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and impaired mitophagy has been implicated in this pathology.

  • Laura D’Ignazio and Francesca Anna Carrieri
    12 Jan 2018

    Francesca Anna Carrieri and Laura D’Ignazio were recently awarded with a Dundee Plus Award from the University. The award is a recognition of skills acquired in extra-curricular activities in areas such as communication, team work, leadership, problem solving skills, amongst many others.

  • Sarah McKim
    10 Jan 2018

    A University of Dundee academic has been awarded more than £600,000 to study an increasing problem with the cereal crop barley that impacts the commercially important malting process and the shelf-life of animal feed.  Dr Sarah McKim, a School of Life Sciences researcher based at the James Hutton Institute, was awarded a BBSRC research grant to investigate the unfavourable trait, called ‘skinning’, and to develop tools to track it in breeding populations.  

  • Frank Sargent
    08 Jan 2018

    E.coli bacteria shown to be excellent at carbon dioxide conversion

  • 08 Jan 2018

    Senga Robertson, a PhD student from the Bulgarelli lab in Plant Sciences, won the Wellcome Trust Plutonium Zone in the national science communication competition ‘I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!’

December 2017

  • 19 Dec 2017

    A PhD student at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute has been selected as Young Plant Scientist 2018 in the fundamental research category by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). Shumei Wang, based at the Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group, has discovered a new pathway involved in infection by Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen responsible for potato late blight. Her work significantly improves the understanding of plant-pathogen interactions and may open new possibilities in the development of defence strategies.