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Welcome to Cell Biology

The Centre for Cell Biology is one of fifteen UK-based Wellcome Trust Centres, three of which are in Scotland. We were granted full Centre status by the Wellcome Trust in 2001, the year that the draft human genome was published.

Our mission is to play a significant part of the scientific global endeavour aimed at understanding living systems at the molecular level, making discoveries that advance knowledge of normal and abnormal cell function.

We currently specialise in the following areas: 1) the synthesis, processing, localisation and degradation of RNA; 2) epigenetic control of chromosome function; 3) mechanisms of cell growth & duplication; 4) the rules that govern cellular architecture.

Our research is “investigator-led”; in other words, the Centre’s scientific progress depends on the ingenuity and curiosity of its research group leaders, each of whom follows their own instincts.

Robin Allshire elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences 2020

This prestigious fellowship recognises the major contributions that Robin Allshire has made to our understanding of chromosome structure and function. By taking advantage of a genetically tractable organism with centromeres that resemble those of higher eukaryotes, Robin Allshire is established as a world leader in the study of how the chromatin segregation machinery works.  His findings uncover key generalisations regarding the function of hererochromatin and centromere assembly that have relevance to human biology and disease.

COVID-19 responses from WCB

The Edinburgh Protein Production Facility (EPPF) will play an important role in the newly established COVID-19 Protein Production Consortium (CPPC). This national network aims to provide essential protein reagents to support SARS-CoV-2 research, through the COVID-19 Protein Portal.

Brain Prize awarded to Adrian Bird

Professor Sir Adrian Bird has been announced as joint winner of the Brain Prize – the most valuable research prize for neuroscience – in recognition of his groundbreaking research on Rett Syndrome.

He shares the prize of 10 million Danish krone – more than £1.1 million – with fellow scientist Huda Zoghbi for their work on the disease, which affects brain development, primarily among girls in early childhood. Symptoms include problems with coordination, language and repetitive movements.

David Tollervey and Sara Macias to participate in EU Twinning Project

David Tollervey, from the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology and Sara Macias from the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research will take part in a twinning project with the Central European Institute of Technology and other partners, to share research expertise on RNA biology.

The INTEG-RNA project aims to develop and share expertise in ribonucleic acid (RNA) biology and could enhance understanding of many diseases.

Sale of straw art Christmas cards raises funds for Engage Nepal

The sale of Christmas cards made using traditional Nepalese straw art has raised more than £350 for the Engage Nepal with Science project. The cards were designed and created by Alba Abad, the Centre's public engagement team and a group of researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology and the School of Biology.

The money will be used to purchase a tablet to use with the platform microscopes that Alba took to Nepal in March 2019.

New Wellcome Four Year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms

Funding has been awarded for a new Wellcome Four Year PhD Programme in Integrative Cell Mechanisms. This PhD programme is affiliated with the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and will train the next generation of cell and molecular biologists in the application of quantitative methods to understand the inner workings of distinct cell types in different settings.

Centre Group Leaders visit WACCBIP, Ghana

At the end of July 2019, Robin Allshire, Patrick Heun and Atlanta Cook travelled to the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) in Ghana to attend the WACCBIP annual research conference.   The trip was funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund with the purpose of developing mutually beneficial collaborations between the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology and the WACCBIP community.

Adele Marston elected to EMBO

On 11 June, EMBO announced that Adele Marston has been elected to its membership.  She joins a group of the best life science researchers in Europe and around the world.

EMBO Members actively participate in the execution of the organisation’s initiatives by serving on Council, committees and editorial boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities.

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