A fond farewell to Dr Elizabeth Bayne who is leaving GRE to take up her new post as Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth came to Dundee from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where she was a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. R.C. Allshire, studying the link between RNA interference (RNAi) and chromatin modification, in fission yeast.

Dr. Bayne received her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University in 2000, before going on to Doctoral Research at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich with Prof. D.C. Baulcombe.

Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanism and regulation of RNAi -directed heterochromatin formation in fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe), which is an excellent paradigm for RNA-directed chromatin modification in general. The work promises to yield new information about how gene expression is regulated by the many non-coding RNAs produced by cells.

During her time at GRE, Elizabeth was also selected as one of nine young investigators from across Europe to join the EpiGeneSys Network of Excellence, an ambitious new EC-funded research initiative which aims to bring together the two thriving fields of epigenetics and systems biology.

Head of GRE Professor Julian Blow said, “We are sad to see Liz move to Edinburgh.  She has done very well in GRE.  Liz is a valued member of GRE and we wish her all the very best and hope she continues to collaborate with us in the future.”