University of Dundee

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Could bread mould build a better rechargeable battery?: Gadd Lab discovery reveals potential energy source from fungi

A naturally occurring red bread mould could be the key to producing more sustainable electrochemical materials for use in rechargeable batteries, researchers at the University of Dundee have found.

Fungi that turns bread mouldy may not seem the ideal candidate for a future power solution but the Dundee researchers, reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, have evidence that might just change that.

Life Scientists make up three of the four new RSE Fellows from University of Dundee

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has announced today that four people from the University of Dundee have been elected as Fellows of the RSE, three of whom are from the Schools of Life Sciences.
The new Fellows from the University are:
·         Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International)
·         Paul Birch, Professor of Plant Pathology and Deputy Head of the Division of Plant Sciences

Wendy Bickmore to deliver SLSRSA Seminar for the Women in Science Festival, 2pm Friday 11 March 2016

Professor Wendy Bickmore FRSE FMedSci, Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, is to deliver the SLSRSA Women in Science Festival Seminar on Friday 11th March at 2pm in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Dalhousie Building.

The seminar entitled 'Throwing a light on gene regulation', highlights how her work uses multi-colour fluorescence microscopy to explore the folding path of specific genes.

Mr Stewart goes to Westminster: PhD Student selected to present life sciences research to MPs at House of Commons

Fraser Stewart, a PhD student jointly supervised by Inke Nathke, Sandy Cochran and Zihong Huang goes to Westminster today to present his research to MPs.  Fraser’s poster has been selected to be displayed in the House of Commons on Monday 7th March in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Session (from 6.15pm – 8.30pm).

Magnificent Microbes returns to the Dundee Science Centre for the Women in Science Festival, 11-12 March 2016

Have you ever walked through a giant intestine or grown the bacteria that live on your hands? Do you want to!? If so, Magnificent Microbes, the dazzling introduction to microscopic life on 12 March 2016 is the event for you!

Since 2010, Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall and a team of over 30 Molecular Microbiologists have revealed the secrets of microbe life to school children, families and adults and kids of all ages through a programme of activities, games and exhibits demonstrating that there’s much more to science than meets the eye.

New LifeSpace Exhibition, ‘hormonal’ considers importance of oestrogen

Internationally renowned feminist activist artists, Guerrilla Girls, are bringing their attention-grabbing work to the University of Dundee for an exhibition taking place as part of the Women in Science Festival.

The exhibition, ‘hormonal’ opens at LifeSpace Gallery on Thursday, 3rd March and brings together work by three international women artists. The title of the exhibition refers to the hormone oestrogen, the subject of the works and of the exhibition.

McLean Lab collaboration leads to better understanding the mechanism of rare blinding disorder passed from parents to their children

Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder which is passed from parents to their children.
Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Ulster, working with colleagues in Denmark, have discovered that faults in a gene that is responsible for corneal cell structure and stability lead to protein misfolding and cell death.

The Science of Sci-Fi - Age of Robotics: the first in a series of seminars organised by the Scotland Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (Wed 9 Dec, 5:30pm Dalhousie LT1)

Organised by the newly-formed Scotland Chapter of Marie Curie Alumni Association ‘The Science of Sci-Fi – Age of Robotics’ is the first in a series of seminars for the public bringing together the realities of scientific research with the ever-popular genre of science fiction.

MRC-PPU animation illustrates for the public the significance of communication between cells in human health and disease

The MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU) is pleased to share a new video that describes one of the most significant components of the research carried out in the Unit – communication between cells.   Entitled ‘The Heart of Research and Discovery’ and narrated by the stage and film actor Brian Cox, the animation conveys the significance of signalling events and explains how this is mediated by phosphorylation.

Life Sciences Open Day: Technologies and Art in Life Sciences Including Seeing through the see-through and featuring outreach and engagement activities with Dundee Imaging Facility artist-in-residence Mat Fleming

Life Sciences Open Day: Technologies and Art in Life Sciences