7 Dec 2017

European funding award for Dundee researcher

A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded €2 million to study how cells respond to infection. Professor Victoria Cowling, from the School of Life Sciences, has been given the European Research Council grant to investigate T cells, key components of the immune system which fight infection and kill cancer cells. Professor Cowling said, “I am delighted to receive this award from the European Research Council. This grant is unusual as it encourages high risk research, in our case funding a new area of research in immunology. “I would like to thank the many people who were involved in p...

European funding award for Dundee researcher

6 Dec 2017

Candlelight Carol Service - Sunday 10 December at 5pm

One of the highlights of Dundee’s festive calendar will take place this week as the University of Dundee hosts its annual Carols by Candlelight. The event, which is open to all, will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 10 December at 5pm. This years’ service will be extra special as the University Choir brings an end to the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. They have commissioned a special choral piece to mark 50 years since the University became an independent institution. ‘What Sweeter Music’ was written by English composer Will Todd and it will ...

Candlelight Carol Service - Sunday 10 December at 5pm

5 Dec 2017

University works to secure India’s water future

Collaborative research between Scotland and India has begun on a major water management project in India, with researchers from the University of Dundee exploring the impact of increasing population and rapid economic development on water resources. The £2million pound project, UPSCALE, is being carried out in the Cauvery river basin in India, and is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council in the UK and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India. The University of Dundee is one of six UK-based partners working with Indian organisations to understand trends in water use and management in ord...

University works to secure India’s water future

4 Dec 2017

‘Ghostbusters-style’ optical traps enable researchers to study living cells

University of Dundee researchers have created optical traps – described as microscopic equivalents of the proton pack in Ghostbusters – that enable scientists to manipulate minuscule objects and study the mechanics of cells and bio-molecules deep inside living organisms. An optical trap is a tightly focused laser beam that can be used to confine and manipulate microscopic objects such as cells, bacteria and strands of DNA, typically in aqueous media. Whilst they are not themselves new, Dundee researchers used holographic beam-shaping to deploy such traps for the first time through hair-thin opt...

‘Ghostbusters-style’ optical traps enable researchers to study living cells

1 Dec 2017

University to show old movies to mark an end of 50th Anniversary celebrations

Footage of the Queen Mother being installed as the University of Dundee’s first chancellor and Stephen Fry’s hilarious rectorial address will be screened at an event next week. The University’s Archives team have been busy digging out a fascinating collection of films from times gone by. The clips will be shown in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre on Thursday 7 December. ‘The Way We Were: the University on Film’ also includes footage from the 1930s, when the institution was part of the University of St Andrews. University Archivist Caroline Brown said, “We wanted...

University to show old movies to mark an end of 50th Anniversary celebrations