University of Dundee

Drug Discovery Unit

Short Code: 
DDU

Chemical Inventory Assistant

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

Mike Ferguson appointed to UK Biobank Board of Directors

UK Biobank recently announced the appointment of Professor Sir Michael Ferguson to its Board. The board is responsible for UK Biobank’s governance, management and strategic direction.  

Nicola Perrin MBE, CEO of the Association of Medical Research Charities, was also appointed. The board will greatly benefit from their combined expertise and decades of experience in the Life Sciences sector. 

Dundee benefits from multi-million pound fund to accelerate translation

The University of Dundee is among the UK research organisations to benefit from a £118 million funding package to accelerate knowledge exchange, translation and commercialisation.

Dundee will receive £1.61 million over the next three years as part of the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) investment made by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The initiative will support critical early-stage translation of research to transform public services, create new jobs, attract private investment, and forge new partnerships with business and charities.

EN & MN Lindsay Scholarship: Computer-aided drug discovery (CADD) methodologies for the identification and optimisation of bioactive compounds

We invite applications to this project for a fully funded four-year EN & MN Lindsay Endowed PhD studentship. The student will be based in the School of Life Sciences, one of the UK’s flagship institutions for biological research.

Molecular recognition, the specific interaction between two or more molecules through noncovalent bonding, plays an important role in biological systems and is fundamental for the development of small molecules capable of modulating biochemical processes to treat diseases.

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*).

Parasite gene-editing technology for profiling drug-resistance mutations

A team from the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) at the University of Dundee has developed a new parasite gene-editing technology. This method, known as oligo-targeting, involves delivering short DNA fragments to parasites using a pulse of electricity. The DNA, including the desired edits, is then incorporated into the genomes of cells that are in the process of replicating their DNA. The approach is fast, simple, precise, and inexpensive.

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