Dónal O’Carroll to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

On Friday 1 March 2019, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) announced that Dónal O’Carroll is one of 62 new fellows who will be inducted in May 2019.

Julie Welburn receives EMBO Young Investigator Award

Julie Welburn has been selected to receive one of this year’s prestigious EMBO Young Investigator awards.

Jean Beggs Awarded RNA Society 2018 Life Time Achievement Award

It has been announced that Jean Beggs is the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the RNA Society.  This will be formally awarded at the RNA Society meeting in Berkley, California, USA, in May-June 2018. The award recognises her work on yeast splicing and transcription and her contribution to the understanding of the yeast splicing machinery.

Solving a century-old mystery in cell division

It has been a biological mystery for over 100 years and stimulated fierce debate amongst scientists. How do cells package long, tangled strands of chromosomes into tightly compact structures before cell division. A remarkable new study published in Science has revealed the answer. Professor Bill Earnshaw explains how he tackled this problem and why collaboration was the key to success.

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.

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.

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.

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

Congratulations to Adrian Bird who is the joint winner of the 2016 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

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.

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.

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.

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

Congratulation to Adrian Bird on his knighthood, awarded in the 2014 New Year Honours, for services to science. And further congratulations on the award of the BBVA international Frontiers of Knowledge prize for biomedicine, awarded "for his discoveries in the field of epigenetics", announced on 28 January.

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.

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.

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

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.