Divisions, centres, and units in Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences is structured into divisions, centres and units. This allows research groups studying similar topics to be grouped together to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary working.

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Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

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Our overarching theme is "the discovery of chemical solutions to biological problems" through excellence in basic and applied multidisciplinary research.

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Cell and Developmental Biology

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We investigate the mechanisms of differentiation in developing organisms, stem cells and adult tissues and how these are corrupted in disease states.

Cell and Developmental Biology

Cell Signalling and Immunology

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Our research is concerned with the pathologies associated with cancer, diabetes, infectious disease, autoimmunity and allergy.

Cell Signalling and Immunology

Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance

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We bring together biologists, chemists, physicists, clinicians, mathematicians, epidemiologists, engineers and designers to focus on innovation in tackling antimicrobial resistance.

Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression

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We study some of the most basic questions in biology – asking how genes are maintained, organised, inherited, copied and controlled to underpin complex life?

We apply this knowledge to understand and treat disease – transforming lives.

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression

Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation

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We are bolstering the University of Dundee’s world-leading position in a field that is revolutionising drug discovery.

Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation

Computational Biology

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We bring together scientists with skills in developing and applying computational, mathematical and biophysical techniques to questions in biological and medical research.

Computational Biology

Drug Discovery Unit

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We translate basic science into lead compounds to validate putative drug targets, to use as tools to investigate disease pathways and, when appropriate, advance to pre-clinical drug candidates.

Drug Discovery Unit

Geomicrobiology Group

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We carry out research on the geoactive properties of microorganisms in order to understand their importance in key biosphere processes and their applied potential.

Geomicrobiology Group

Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit

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We focus on the understanding of the biological roles of phosphorylation and ubiquitylation and how disruption of these processes cause human diseases such as neurodegeneration, cancer, hypertension and immune disorders.

MRC-PPU

Molecular Microbiology

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Our research flows from fundamental science using model organisms to translational research on medically- and economically-significant pathogens

Molecular Microbiology

Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group

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Our work centres on the structural, dynamic and chemical properties of nucleic acids, and their recognition by and interactions with proteins.

Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group

Plant Sciences

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Our partnership brings together our discovery-based molecular plant science investigating fundamental questions of plant biology, with scientists with knowledge of applied research in crop species including front-line crop and pathogen genomics, genetics and cultivar production.

Plant Sciences

Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR)

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Our centre brings together the Drug Discovery Unit, the Mode of Action group and the Parasitology research groups providing an integrated pathway from discovery science to pre-clinical candidate selection.

WCAIR