College of Science & Engineering

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News and Events from the College of Science and Engineering.

IIG Grants of up to £5000 available

Donor-funded small project grants of up to £5000 available to students and staff to support innovations in teaching, research and student life.

Lightning less likely as planet warms, study finds

Lightning may strike less often in future across the globe as the planet warms, a scientific study suggests.

Lab-grown eggs could aid fertility treatments

Human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory, in a move that could lead to improved fertility treatments.

Academics Unplugged - Prof Mark Bradley

Optical Imaging: From Glass to Humans

Global air pollution highlighted in ozone study

Potentially harmful levels of the air pollutant ozone are present in many regions around the world, a widespread study has shown.

Image analysis project opens the way to personalised radiotherapy treatment

A research project funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office (Scotland) is to investigate the effectiveness of image analysis techniques in predicting side effects of radiotherapy treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

Breeding quirks of head lice offer insight into effective treatments

New insights into the unusual way in which lice reproduce could be key to managing outbreaks of the common pest.

Bitcoin wallet devices vulnerable to security hacks, study shows

Devices used to manage accounts on the innovative payment system Bitcoin could be improved to provide better protection against hackers, research suggests.

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.

Blight on Scottish forests - Overseas pine threat to native species

Exotic pine tree species planted next to native Scots Pine forests should be removed to limit the risk of disease to native trees, new research suggests.

Academics Unplugged - Prof Francisca Mutapi on TIBA

Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA): Why all the hype?

Rogue waves find could aid offshore platform design

New understanding of unusually large ocean waves could help inform the design of oil platforms and other offshore structures.

Jon Oberlander 1962-2017

It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dear colleague, Jon Oberlander.

Waste treatment costs could limit UK fracking plans

A lack of specialist waste treatment facilities could limit the development of fracking in the UK, research suggests.

£3.8m brings pioneering lung imaging devices closer to clinic

A £3.8 million funding boost will advance the development of next generation medical devices that monitor disease deep inside the lungs.

Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new hi-tech tool

Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests.

530m-year-old fossil has look of world’s oldest eye, study suggests

A 530-million-year-old fossil contains what could be the oldest eye ever discovered, a study reveals.

Team from Informatics wins national Cyber Security Challenge again

Joshua Green, Harvey Stocks, Wojciech Nawrocki and Antonio Guterres have won the Scottish University Cyber Challenge.

Academics Unplugged

Academics Unplugged is an opportunity for researchers to introduce their work to staff and students from across the College. These short talks provide the opportunity for University staff and students to engage directly with cutting-edge researchers.

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Inaugural lectures

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