MVLS College Update

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak DBE MD FRCP FAHA FRSE FMedSci

Our College is now ten years old, and we have collectively made outstanding achievements across teaching, research and professional services during this time. As we celebrate our 10th birthday, we have five subject areas ranked in 1st place in the Complete University Guide 2021 - an outstanding achievement. The College’s success has greatly benefited from the leadership, focus and hard work of our first Vice-Principal and Head of College, Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak.

Anna’s energy and commitment also led to the establishment of the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow earlier this year, which is already making a very positive contribution to the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. We are, therefore, delighted that the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care has asked Anna to lead all the Lighthouse Laboratories across the UK, providing leadership and expertise at a national level. In order to take up this important secondment, Anna has stepped down from her position as Vice-Principal and Head of College. We wish to congratulate Anna on this appointment, and to thank her for the leadership, commitment and passion over her ten years as Head of College.

The Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow

This week has also marked an enormous milestone for the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow (LLiG), with 1,000,000 cumulative COVID-19 tests being analysed since the LLiG began in April - meaning that a million people have now received test results due to the collective efforts of many staff across the College and the University. The LLiG is now routinely processing more than 25,000 tests a day, and is employing more than 250 people. The one million milestone was briefly celebrated on Sunday with a cake, and short speeches from Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak and Dr Harper VanSteenhouse, Lab Director. We also had a reunion with colleagues from BioAscent, who were instrumental in setting up the LLiG. It is now in the process of validating robotic sample handlers, which will enable its capacity to increase further in the coming weeks. Thank you again to all the staff working in the LLiG (including Team Pigeon and Team Eagle), and the many staff around the University who have given their time or lent equipment to enable the LLiG to achieve this important milestone.

First published: 1 September 2020

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