University of Dundee

CLS Impact and Outreach

Study of DNA and datasets gives fresh insight into cancer

Researchers from the University of Dundee have used knowledge of an ancient evolutionary leap to reveal new patterns of DNA mutations in thousands of cancer patients and raise the possibility of developing new treatments.
A team led by Carol MacKintosh, Professor of Molecular Signalling and Associate Dean of Research at the University’s College of Life Sciences, has examined the issue through the prism of knowledge of man’s evolution and, in particular, a leap made 500 million years ago.

CLS plant scientists introduce Braeview Academy students to the fascinating world of molecular plant research and crop science

Students from Braeview Academy will visit the James Hutton Institute (JHI) in Invergowrie on May 8th to be introduced to the fascinating world of plant sciences. The S3 biology pupils will meet staff and students from the College of Life Sciences’ Division of Plant Sciences and the James Hutton Institute who will guide them through a variety of activities in the Institute's impressive glasshouses. Activities for the day include DNA isolation and gel loading, exploring plant pathogens through microscopy and root printing.

Local inspirations for the Scientific Life: Professors Doreen Cantrell and Sara Marshall

Eminent immunologists Professors Doreen Cantrell and Sara Marshall are not only leaders in their fields but also inspirational examples for aspiring young scientists and doctors. In their joint seminar, they tell us more about the choices and motivations that drove their careers and lives. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The main entrance to the Medical School Institute can be found on Dow Street.

CLS researchers support Women in Science Festival

The achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths will be celebrated at the Women In Science Festival 2014 this month.

Women In Science 2014 will also highlight the many opportunities there are for women to pursue a career in science and related subjects. It is the only festival in the World to focus on celebrating women in science and this year will present a range of film screenings, exhibitions, talks and family fun days.

stories in science: Postdoctoral Career Pathways website launched

stories in science

Postdoctoral Career Pathways


Following on from the success of Women in Science (2012), natural reflection (2013) and Postdoc Pathways (2014) – the team, that has for the past few years developed new ways of representing women in scientific careers, now brings you stories in science: postdoctoral career pathways.

Scientists work with primary school teachers to introduce kids to a world of Magnificent Microbes

Teachers from Dundee primary schools attended a Continuing Professional Development training session led by  Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall and Dr James Chalmers of the Division of Molecular Microbiology at the College of Life Sciences.

Held at the Dundee Science Centre, the aim of the session was to maximise the impact of the hugely succesful Magnificent Microbes outreach event, which in 2010 and 2012 set the gold standard for University Outreach activitities with schools and and the general public.

Potential new anti-malarial drug identified at the Drug Discovery Unit, Dundee

A significant milestone in the development of a potential new antimalarial medicine has been reached by scientists at the University of Dundee, in partnership with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).

A compound developed in the Drug Discovery Unit at Dundee has been selected by MMV, following a positive recommendation by MMV’s Expert Scientific Advisory Committee, to enter preclinical development.

Bright Club Training returns in 2014

If you’re a budding comedian, looking for a new public engagement opportunity, want to make your life more interesting, or just like the sound of your own voice then we have the right workshop for you.

We are pleased to announce that professional comedian Susan Morrison will be facilitating the ‘Bright Club - Finding Humour in Your Research’ workshop on Thursday 20th March 2014 from 10am-3pm (Scrymgeour Building).

Susan Morrison has trained hundreds of people from Universities to find and communicate their research to different audiences.

SCIENCE IN THE CITY with Dundee Cancer Centre - FREE COMMUNITY FOCUS DAY at Dundee Science Centre, Saturday 8 February

CLS postdocs have been training in Science Communication at Dundee Science Centre courtesy of Dundee Cancer Centre. Their communication skills will be put to the test this Saturday when they will offer their presentations to members of the public at the Free Community Focus Day, as part of Science in the City.