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    Prof Dario Alessi

Grant Support for Life Sciences at Dundee

Jan 14 2021 Read 229 Times

As part of the Government’s £213 million World Class Labs investment scheme bringing upgrades to research organisations across the UK, the University of Dundee has received two grants totaling more than £1 million in the areas of life sciences and arts and humanities.

The University’s MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU) has been awarded £808,000 to purchase mass spectrometers and key computational resources to support research. Professor Dario Alessi, Director of the MRC-PPU, said, “We are immensely appreciative for this generous funding, especially during such challenging times. This has allowed us to purchase a state-of-the-art new mass spectrometer and other instruments to undertake biophysical analysis. This apparatus will help our investigators to better probe the biological mechanisms underlying diseases including cancer and Parkinson’s.”

A further £249,000 will allow a team from the University to obtain the equipment necessary to digitise internationally important archives and media collections. In doing so, they will ensure these resources remain accessible, enabling a longer-term strategy to support the creative economies through research projects and public engagement.

Calum Colvin, Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, said, “The University is an important centre for creative collections within the UK research landscape, with particular strengths in non-traditional archives and museum collections, such as time-based art, comics and artist’s books. This grant will allow our multi-disciplinary team at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, the School of Humanities and the Archives & Museums Services to expand public engagement and publication activities.”

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