The University of Dundee has outstanding Life Sciences, Physical and Medical Research that is making fundamental discoveries as well as translating its basic and clinical research to address global health challenges.

The outstanding biomedical research at the University of Dundee was recognised by its very high rankings in REF2014.   Dundee was rated the top University for Biological Sciences and the Medical School was number 1 for the impact of its research.  STEMM subjects in Dundee were also highly ranked with our Engineering and Physics ranked top in Scotland and within the top 10 in the UK. Moreover, our mathematics unit, which focuses heavily on maths biology was ranked 8th in the UK and top in Scotland. Life Sciences has been in the top 10 Universities worldwide for citations per paper in the QS World University Rankings for biological sciences from 2012-2015.

One key to these successes is our collaborative working environment and outstanding shared technological infrastructure run by expert staff. However, these internationally recognised strengths in mass spectrometry, cell and tissue imaging, drug discovery, e-health and informatics platforms mean that our research is generating ever larger quantities of data. Our ability to curate, visualise, analyse and understand these huge data sets is lagging behind our ability to acquire them. The synergy generated by combining distinct arenas of expertise is a promising strategy for solving this problem. Therefore, in MRC QIBIOMED programme aims to “Train the Next Generation of Scientists in Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science” by immersing PhD students in an interdisciplinary world that combines research experiences with solid basic science training in experimental design, data handling and research ethics.

We welcomed our first cohort of students to this new QIBIOMED programme in 2016, and they joined other MRC-funded students hosted though our previous Integrated Studentship Portfolio Agreement, industrial partnership students, as well as students in our MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit.