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Julian Blow announced as new Chair of the Lister Institute Scientific Advisory Committee

Professor Julian Blow has been announced as the new Chair of the Lister Institute Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). He takes over from Professor John Iredale, currently the interim Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council, who will become Chair of the Institute. 

As a member of the SAC since 2019, Julian is “absolutely delighted” to take on this new position – particularly because of his own longstanding association with the Lister Institute.

Dundee ranked top University for Biological Sciences in REF 2021

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*).

Vicky Cowling appointed as Senior Group Leader at Beatson Institute, Glasgow

Professor Vicky Cowling has taken up a new position as a Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Beatson Institute in Glasgow.

Vicky joined the School of Life Sciences in 2007 to establish her first independent research group. Her team established that formation of a key structure in gene expression, the RNA cap, is regulated by cellular signals and this impacts on which genes are expressed in health and disease.

“Spatial and metabolic regulation of hematopoietic progenitors in BM”

Abstract -  In humans the daily production of billions of new blood cells is supported by a specialized group of cells called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs are located in the bone marrow, where they give rise to several types of hematopoietic progenitors that in turn generate all the different blood cells necessary for life.

School Prizes presented at Review of the Year 2021

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.