News

News archive from the Centre.

Olive oil implicated in prevention of tumour formation

The Michlewski lab have shown that oleic acid, the primary ingredient of olive oil, can help prevent cancer-causing genes from functioning in cells. (Kumar S, Downie Ruiz Velasco A, Michlewski G (2017) J. Mol Biol, 429:  1638–164)

Funding for Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology Renewed

The Wellcome Trust announced on Wednesday 7 December that they will renew funding for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology for five years.    This prestigious funding award recognises the research excellence and the collaborative ethos of the Centre.

Daiwa Adrian 2016 Prize presented to Bill Earnshaw

On 15 November Bill Earnshaw was presented with a Daiwa Adrian 2016 Prize at the Royal Society London for his long standing scientific collaboration with Dr Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Japan.

2016 Novartis Medal and Prize awarded to David Tollervey

David Tollervey was presented with the 2016 Novartis Medal and Prize by the Biochemical Society at the 81st Harden Conference: RNA and Disease in Winchester at the beginning of September.

Marie-Luise Winz awarded the first Foerderpreis

Marie-Luise Winz, a postdoctoral researcher in the Tollervey lab, was presented with the ‘Foerderpreis 2016’ of the ‘Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Fachgruppe Biochemie’ at their annual conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on 7 July.   Marie is the first person to receive this new prestigious prize from the Biochemistry Division of the Society of German Chemistry which recognises outstanding doctoral or postdoctoral theses or publications.

Glass Life Exhibition July and August

The Glass Life exhibition is a collection of glass sculptures created by artists and researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology.   Running from 1 July to 31 August in the Temperate Glass Houses at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, these stunning sculptures depict the inner workings of living cells.   Researchers will attend the exhibition from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August, between 12 noon and 4.00pm each day, to talk to visitors about the glass exhibits, what they represent and the research that takes place in the Centre.

Jean Beggs awarded a honorary degree by St Andrews University

Professor Jean Beggs of School of Biological Sciences was among nine distinguished individuals who have been honoured during the University of St Andrews summer graduation ceremonies last week.

Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine awarded to Adrian Bird


Adrian Bird elected to US National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Adrian Bird on his election as a foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Members of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Adele Marston - Parent Carer Scientist

Adele Marston is featured in a Royal Society campaign that shows how scientists successfully combine career and family life.

Cell scientist to watch - Julie Welburn

The December 2015 issue of the Journal of Cell Science featured an article about Julie Welburn's research, career path and experience of becoming a junior group leader.

Paper from Ohkura Lab features in JCB podcast

The following paper from the Ohkura Lab was featured in a JCB podcast: "How catastrophes help oocytes avoid disaster."

DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits

Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research shows.

David Tollervey awarded 2016 Novartis Medal and Prize

Congratulations to David Tollervey who has been awarded the 2016 Novartis Medal and Prize by the Biochemical Society. The award to David is "in recognition of the influence he has had on the field of RNA Biology worldwide. Amongst David's many contributions, two themes are particularly noteworthy. Firstly, his work on the ribosome biogenesis which has been instrumental in identifying and characterising many of the factors involved in the synthesis, processing, assembly and maturation of the subunits which has led to a detailed understanding of the multiple-step pathways involved. Secondly, his ground-breaking work on RNA degradation complexes including the exosome."

Sarah Keer-Keer awarded Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science

Congratulations to Sarah Keer-Keer, the Public Engagement and Outreach Manager for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, who has been awarded the Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science. This annual award recognises an individual or group's work in fields including hosting school visits, talks and other public events or through publishing and broadcasting.

Cell division finding could boost understanding of cancer

New insights into how the cells in our bodies divide could improve our knowledge of a condition linked to cancer, a study suggests.

£2.5 m bid to develop new drugs to target sleeping sickness

An initiative is under way to develop new drugs for a devastating tropical disease that threatens almost 70 million people in Africa.

Knighthood and Frontiers Award for Adrian Bird



Bill Earnshaw elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

On 2nd May, 2013, Professor William Earnshaw was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of London.

Robin Allshire awarded 2013 Genetics Society Medal

Professor Robin Allshire has been awarded the 2013 Genetics Society Medal for his outstanding contributions to epigenetics and chromosome biology.

Fruit fly study links 'huddle' gene to infertility

The recent work of the Ohkura lab is featured on the BBC website.

Royal Society award for Adrian Bird

Professor Adrian Bird has been awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Prize by the Royal Society for his outstanding contributions in the field of epigenetics, especially DNA methylation and its role in development and disease.

University research lights up the sky on 11/12th November 2011

The Swann Building, on the Kings Buildings campus, will be the backdrop of a unique building projection this week and the best views will be from Liberton.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Eris Duro

Eris Duro, a postdoctoral researcher in Adele Marston's laboratory, has been awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust.

Elite award for Adrian Bird

Adrian Bird, the University’s Buchanan Professor of Genetics, has received one of the world’s most esteemed medical prizes.

Scientists unwrap DNA packaging to gain insight into cells

Scientists have built a clearer picture of how lengthy strands of DNA are concertinaed when our cells grow and divide, in a discovery that could help explain how cell renewal can go wrong.

Adrian Bird awarded Honorary Degree

Adrian Bird has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Sussex.

Study offers new clues in bid to beat girls' autism condition

Fresh insight into the cause of an autism spectrum disorder could aid the search for treatments for the condition, which affects more than 1,000 girls in the UK.

Professor Jean Beggs elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Jean Beggs was newly elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh together with John McClelland, Professor Cairns Craig, Professor Anna Dominiczak and Professor Susan Manning. She was elected as Vice-President for Life Sciences.

Adele Marston accepted as a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme

Congratulations to Adele Marston, she has been accepted as a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.

Honorary degree for Prof. Bill Earnshaw

Professor Bill Earnshaw was conferred an honorary [medical] degree ("Dr honoris causa") by the Charles University in Prague this past Monday.

Poonam Malik receives grant to study Nuclear cytoplasmic transport in mammalian cells

Poonam Malik has recently received a grant from the Royal Society to study how the nucleo-cytoplasmic import pathway is regulated and managed in eukaryotic cells using herpesviruses as model organism.

Discovery opens door to drugs derived from protein

Drugs which are derived from protein such as insulin and antibody therapies could be produced more efficiently following a fresh discovery about DNA, research suggests.