Julie Welburn

Congratulations to Julie Welburn who was awarded the Patrick Neill Medal last year “for enhancing our understanding of human cell division and disease through her research into the structure and cooperativit

Public Engagement

WCB’s Public Engagement Team recently joined forces with the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology (University of Glasgow) to engage with approximately 10,000 people over 3 days at the spectacular New Scientist Live event at London’s ExCel Centre.

Tollervey Lab

Congratulations to David Tollervey and Aleksandra Helwak from the Tollervey Lab for their recent funding award:

Sito Torres-Garcia (previously Allshire Lab)

Congratulations to Sito Torres-Garcia (former Darwin Trust Student in Allshire Lab) as he has been awarded a very prestigious Branco Weiss Fellowship for 5 years.

The Mould that Changed the World

Lucy Remnant, Post-doc in the Earnshaw lab, has been donning a lab coat outside the centre this August, as she treads the boards as part of the science based musical “The Mould that Changed the World”. Lucy appeared in a shorter version of this musical, based on the discovery of penicillin, back in 2018, and is back as a key member of the 2022 revival cast. 

JP Arulanandam

Congratulations to JP on being awarded both an ERC Advanced Grant and an MRC Research Grant.

Understudied Proteins Initiative - Financial Times Article

An excellent article in the Financial Times, 26th July 2022 by Anjana Ahuja on the Understudied Proteins Initiative which two group leaders from WCB, Juri Rappsilber and Georg Kustatscher, are helping to lead.

Tollervey Lab

Excellent news as The Leverhulme Trust has offered the University of Edinburgh £420,057 for research by David Tollervey and Aziz El Hage on the project: "Roles of the RNA exosome and RNase H in R-loop-mediated genomic instability”.

Tollervey lab launches Prader-Willi Superheroes exhibition in Ireland

Members of the Tollervey lab have recently returned from a successful trip to Limerick where they attended the International Prader Willi Syndrome Organisation (IPWSO) Conference to launch their ‘Prader-Willi Superheroes’ exhibition.

Dónal O’Carroll

Congratulations to Dónal O’Carroll  who was recently awarded a Wellcome Discovery Award for “RNA-directed Transposable Element Silencing In The Mammalian Germline”.

Adrian Bird

Congratulations to Adrian Bird who received the International Prize for Translational Neuroscience of the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation for findings on the cause of Rett syndrome.  

Julie Welburn - Successful BBSRC ALERT21 bid

Bill Earnshaw

Congratulations to Bill Earnshaw as he was recently elected to the Academia Europaea.

Co-Head of Institute for Cell Biology

Congratulations to JP Arulanandam who, alongside Liz Bayne, has agreed to take on the role of Co-Head of Institute for Cell Biology for three years from 1st August 2022. We wish you well in your new role.

Bill Earnshaw elected to the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology

Congratulations to Bill Earnshaw who has been elected to the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology. 

David Tollervey elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Congratulations to David Tollervey who has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

First Gene Therapy Trial for Rett Syndrome - based on Bird Lab research

On 29th March 2022 a clinical trial was announced by the California-based Company “Taysha Gene Therapies”. This is the first gene therapy trial for Rett syndrome and is based on a “mini-MeCP2” construct that Prof Adrian Bird’s laboratory published in Nature in 2017 (Tillotson et al, 2017) and patented via Edinburgh University. Taysha sub-licensed the IP and will conduct a phase 1 trial in Montreal in the coming months.

Adele Marston elected to Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

On the 22 March The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) announced that Adele Marston has been elected as an RSE Fellow.

Julie Welburn received the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Patrick Neill Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Welburn, who is one of just 9 recipients of this year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) medals.  Julie has been awarded the RSE Patrick Neill Medal for enhancing our understanding of human cell division and disease through her research into the structure and cooperativity of key motor proteins and microtubule tracks.

BSCB Raff Medal Awarded to WCB PhD graduate Flora Paldi

Recent PhD graduate Flora Paldi has been awarded the British Society for Cell Biology (BSCB) inaugural Raff Medal. 

Caffeine shot delivers wakeup call on antifungal drug resistance

The management of fungal infections in plants and humans could be transformed by a breakthrough in understanding how fungi develop resistance to drugs.

EMBO membership awarded to Dónal O'Carroll

Professor O’Carroll is a Group Leader in WCB and Associate Director at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine. He is recognised for his outstanding contribution to reproductive biology.

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.

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.

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.

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.