The Tricia Cohen Memorial Fund

The Tricia Cohen Memorial Fund was recently established in memory of the late Professor Tricia Cohen, who carried out her research programme in Department of Biochemistry for 48 years between 1971 and 2019. Tricia’s key research contributions were to determine the structures of genes coding for protein phosphatases, a family of enzymes essential for the survival and function of human cells. She also discovered several previously unknown protein phosphatases and defined their functions in cells. The first women to lead a research team in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Dundee, her work had a major impact globally.

Along with her husband and colleague Sir Philip Cohen, Tricia was appointed one of the two founding Principal Investigators of The Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee, where she was its Head of Molecular Biology from 1990-2010. Tricia continued to carry out research in her laboratory at the University until 2019.

The funds raised will be used to support a four-year PhD Studentship in Professor Cohen’s memory within the School of Life Sciences, commencing October 2021. The fund will cover the successful candidate’s stipend and their tuition fees. It is hoped that additional Tricia Cohen studentships will be funded in the future, as well as Summer Scholarships for outstanding undergraduate students.

Your donation is an investment in a young person’s future, potentially kick-starting a research career as important as that of the late Professor Cohen.

You can make a donation to the Fund of any amount by completing the form below.

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