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Professors Sir David and Birgit Lane to resume full-time appointments in Singapore

Professor Sir David Lane and Professor Birgit Lane are to leave the University of Dundee and take up full-time appointments with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore from 1st September 2009.

Sir David Lane will resume his position as Chief Scientist to the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. Birgit Lane will resume full-time duties as Executive Director of the Institute of Medical Biology at the Agency, which she helped to establish.

£1.9 million award for Dundee Scientist

A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded a £1.9 million Wellcome Trust grant for innovative basic research which could lead to the development of new treatments for a range of debilitating diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Professor Daan van Aalten, at the College of Life Sciences at Dundee, has received the funding from the Wellcome Trust for his research on how proteins in the cell are regulated by an unusual chemical modification called O-GlcNAc.

Life Sciences Stalwart Retired

A long-standing member of University of Dundee staff will retire on Tuesday, June 30th, after more than 42 years of service.

Lynda Connelly began her career as a technician in the Department of Anatomy, part of what was then Queens College, Dundee, as an 18-year-old in May 1967. She worked her way to chief technician level and, since November 2007, has made good use of her administration skills as Finance Office supervisor for the University’s College of Life Sciences.

Appointment of new Principal and Vice-Chancellor - Prof Pete Downes OBE FRSE

The new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee was announced on Monday 6th July as Professor Pete Downes.

Pete Downes has been Acting Principal since the departure of Sir Alan Langlands earlier this year to become Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Pete arrived in Dundee 19 years ago and has served, from 1994, as the Head of the Department of Biochemistry, the Head of the School of Life Sciences and, since 2003, the Head of the College of Life Sciences (CLS).

SCILLS Recruits Fourth Research Team Leader to Scotland

The SCottish Institute for ceLL Signalling (SCILLS) at the College of Life Sciences, has made another key scientific appointment with the recruitment of Dr Patrick Pedrioli from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ).

Patrick, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Biochemistry at ETHZ, Switzerland’s premier research institute, will relocate to Dundee in December 2009 to take up his position at SCILLS as a Programme Leader.