The Hundal lab is located within the Division of Cell Signalling & Immunology (CSI), which was formed by the merger of the Division of Molecular Physiology and the Division of Cell Biology & Immunology. CSI is one of seven Divisions in the School of Life Sciences (SLS) at the University of Dundee and hosts research groups whose work is relevant to the pathologies associated with cancer, diabetes, infectious disease, autoimmunity and allergy. SLS is also home to the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit and Ubiquitylation Unit and the Drug Discovery Unit. SLS was the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK by the main standard of University research performance REF2014. With the greatest number of citations-per-paper for biological sciences in Europe (2013 and 2014 QS World University Rankings), over £100 million of research income in 2013 and nearly 900 staff from over 62 countries worldwide, the School is truly cosmopolitan and enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology. SLS, also boasts a range of state-of-the-art core facilities, research infrastructure and breakout spaces such as those in "The Street" in the new Discovery Centre that support world-class research. A variety of scientific and technical services are available to research staff within the School and, in some cases, to external clients.
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Dundee is located in the north east of Scotland along the north banks of the River Tay and has one of the most beautiful settings in Scotland, from mountains and lochs in the west, to miles of coastline in the east; the city is surrounded by magnificent Scottish scenery providing excellent opportunities for hill walking, sking and water sports. Dundee is an hour's drive from the sights of Edinburgh and only twenty minutes from the golf courses in St. Andrews.
Dundee grew as a city through the local jute, jam and journalism industries, which are commonly referred to as the three J's. The Dundee-based publishing company DC Thomson is best known for producing The Dundee Courier, The Evening Telegraph and The Sunday Post newspapers as well as the "Dandy" (Britain's longest running comic) and the "Beano" (still a major seller). After the decline of the traditional industries the city has re-invented itself and now employs a significant number of people in the fields of health care, biotechnology as well as the digital industry - Dundee has a very strong software development industry as it is home to the company that produced the Grand Theft Auto series of computer games. In addition to these, Dundee has developed an international reputation for its work in the biomedical sciences thanks largely to the research being done in the SLS at the University of Dundee. The University of Dundee ranked 1st in the UK and is one of the top 25 Universities in the world for Biological Sciences (by citations) according to the QS World University Rankings. SLS has consistently been voted as one of the best places to work by readers of the Scientist magazine.
Dundee is also the home of RRS Discovery, Captain Scott's famous Antarctic research ship. RRS Discovery is now held in a dry dock at Discovery Point, a purpose built visitor attraction which tells the story of the 'Heroes of the Ice' who at the turn of the 19th Century ventured into the unknown wilderness of Antarctica in search of scientific knowledge. Little was known about this frozen continent and RRS Discovery is unique in that she was built specifically for exploration into the Antarctic. Discovery Point tells the story of RRS Discovery from her construction in Dundee in 1900, on her numerous voyages around the world then returning to her home in Dundee where she remains the focal point of the 'City of Discovery '.