University of Dundee

Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research

Funding will be used to support key changes in infrastructure of the Centre, including enlarging the Drug Discovery Unit and creating a Centre for Quantitative Proteomics.

Project summary

The Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research aims to: 

  • translate basic research in life sciences into clinical use through early-stage drug discovery and partnership with industry
  • provide state-of-the-art and accessible research infrastructure to communities of academics and small- and medium-sized enterprises
  • foster new areas of interdisciplinary activity
  • develop mutually beneficial partnerships with key funding agencies and industry. 

Funding for the Centre will be used to support key changes in infrastructure. It will create and equip a 5197 m2 addition to the College of Life Sciences and refurbish 485 m2 of adjacent space. 

This will: 

  • double the size and capacity of the university’s Drug Discovery Unit, which adds considerable value to bioscience discoveries through small molecule drug discovery
  • juxtapose mathematical biology, theoretical physics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development, to generate innovative thinking and tackle systems-level problems relating to biology, drug discovery and scientific processes for storing and retrieving medical information
  • create a Centre for Quantitative Proteomics, integrating expertise in cell biology, mass spectrometry, proteomics, ‘big-data’ analytics and computer science, to exploit the potential of the human genome project for healthcare and the development of safer drugs
  • create an in-house biotech spin-out ‘pre-incubator’, where fledgling spin-out companies can be nurtured before reaching critical mass and spinning-out completely.

Read the blog 'Tearing down walls to build the future' on how UKRPIF funding has helped the Discovery Centre flourish.