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Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (CAIR)

Trypanosomes break more rules: evidence for the convergent evolution of glycosyltransferase function

Glycosyltransferases (GTs) are enzymes that transfer sugars from donor to an acceptor molecule. There are dozens of GT gene families, classified by sequence, sequence motifs and enzymatic function.

GTs are defined by their donor and acceptor specificities and the type of glycosidic linkage they make. For example, a UDP-Gal : ßGal ß1-3 galactosyltransferase transfers galactose from UDP-Gal to a ßGal acceptor residue in a ß1-3 linkage (making a Galß1-3Galß1-R product). 

Science in the Summer!

Local children are being offered a special experience over the summer holidays in the first ever Dundee Science Centre STEM summer club.

Each week, a different pre-selected set of 20 children will enjoy a packed programme of workshops and activities created by the University of Dundee and the Science Centre.

As well as exploring the recently transformed attraction, youngsters will design and build amazing contraptions using a range of materials, make their own science snacks, learn about forensics, make slime, and get to grips with dino rocks and fossils!

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship for Joana Faria to establish group at York

Joana Faria, a postdoctoral researcher in David Horn’s Lab (BCDD-WCAIR) has been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. Joana was awarded over £1 million and will use this award to set up her laboratory at the York Biomedical Research Institute, University of York. Joana will study how a cell controls the expression of one gene out of a large gene family that code for variations of the same functional protein).

Commendations for SLS at Stephen Fry Public Engagement Awards

As part of the University of Dundee’s Celebrating our Public Engagement event, the University crowned the latest winners of the Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement.

The awards celebrate the people and projects that engage with wider audiences, and the benefits they bring to society. The winners across the three categories were announced by former Rector Stephen Fry:

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