Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

This Institute is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and was founded in August 2010. It houses most of the basic molecular life science research at Glasgow University. The principle aim of the Institute is to establish an internationally competitive centre of research excellence in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Institute has created an interactive atmosphere where the guiding principle is to conduct basic and applied research at the highest level. We provide excellent graduate training at both the Masters and for PhD’s. It is an exciting place to be a young researcher!

Currently the Institute has 26 group leaders and is well supported by research grants from the BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, EU, Human Frontiers of Science Program, the Wellcome Trust and a variety of other charities. Many of our group leaders have collaborators in laboratories all round the world.
I hope you enjoy visiting our website and discovering about the science we do.

Director: Professor Richard J. Cogdell, FRS
Tel: +44(0)141 330 4232
Web: personal website

Recent publications

Mccaughey LC, Grinter G, Josts I, Roszak AW, Waloen KI, Cogdell RJ, Milner J, Evans T, Kelly S, Tucker NP, Byron O, Smith BO, Walker D (2014) Lectin-like bacteriocins from Pseudomonas spp. utilise D-rhamnose containing lipopolysaccharide as a cellular receptor. PLoS Pathogens

Cassidy JW, Roberts JN, Smith CA, Robertson M, White K, Biggs MJ, Oreffo ROC, Dalby MJ (2014) Osteogenic lineage restriction by osteoprogenitors cultured on nanometric grooved surfaces – the role of focal adhesion maturation. Acta Biomaterialia

Ward RJ, Milligan G (2014) Structural and biophysical characterisation of G protein-coupled receptor ligand binding using resonance energy transfer and fluorescent labelling techniques. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA).

Caldwell ST, MacLean C, Riehle M, Cooper A, Nutley M, Rabani G, Fitzpatric B, Rotello VM, Smith BO, Khaled B, Woisel P, Cooke G, (2014) Protein-mediated dethreading of a biotin-functionalised pseudorotaxane. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

Douglas, F.J., MacLaren, D.A., Tuna, F., Holmes, W.H., Berry, C.C., and Murrie, M. (2014) Formation of octapod MnO nanoparticles with enhanced magnetic properties through kinetically-controlled thermal decomposition of polynuclear manganese complexes. Nanoscale (Early Online Publication)

Tsimbouri P, Gadegaard N, Burgess K, White K, Reynolds P, Herzyk P, Oreffo R, Dalby MJ (2014) Nanotopographical effects on mesenchymal stem cell morphology and phenotype. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry

Davies SA, Cabrero P, Overend G, Aitchison L, Sebastian S, Terhzaz S, Dow JAT (2014) Cell signalling mechanisms for insect stress tolerance. Journal of Experimental Biology

Dow JAT (2014) Stress. Journal of Experimental Biology

Mackenzie AE, Caltabiano G, Kent TC, Jenkins L, McCallum JE, Hudson BD, Nicklin SA, Fawcett L, Markwick R, Charlton SJ, Milligan G (2014) The antiallergic mast cell stabilizers lodoxamide and bufrolin as the first high and equipotent agonists of human and rat gpr35.  Molecular Pharmacology

Jenkins GI (2014) The UV-B photoreceptor UVR8: from structure to physiology. Plant Cell (In Press)

McKinney CA, Fattah C, Loughrey CM, Milligan G, Nicklin SA (2014) Angiotensin-(1-7) and angiotensin-(1-9): function in cardiac and vascular remodeling. Clinical Science

News & Events

EPSRC Funding Call: Novel analytical methods for biological molecules feasibility studies.

Institute seminar Tuesday 13th May by Professor Caroline Dean from John Innes Centre.  Full seminar listing.

Professor Julian Dow appointed University International Dean for the Middle East.

iGEM Competition launched January 2014, closing date for applications 28th February 2014.

Professor Richard Cogdell features on talk show at Ma Chung University, Indonesia and interviewed at the AAAS Conference, Vancouver.

Full news & events listing.