The Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression is delighted to announce that two of its Principal Investigators have been awarded the title of Reader at the University of Dundee.

Congratulations to Anton Gartner and Joost Zomerdijk on their promotion in recognition of their distinguished international reputations in academic research.

Anton Gartner is currently PI and Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow at the Centre. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna at the Institute for Molecular Pathology and at the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology – now part of the Max Perutz Laboratories. He then undertook post-doctoral work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York before becoming a junior group-leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in 2000. He has been a Principal Investigator in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Expression and Regulation at the College of Life Sciences since August 2004
Joost Zomerdijk’s research investigates molecular mechanisms and control in transcription by rna polymerase i. He obtained an M.Sc. (Doctorandus, cum laude) in Biology and Biochemistry at Leiden University, and undertook his Ph.D. with Professor Piet Borst, at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1986-1992).

After his post-doctoral research with Professor Robert Tjian at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, he established an independent research group in Dundee, as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences.

In 2001 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship Renewal and recently was awarded a Wellcome Trust Programme Grant (2009-2014).

Professor Doreen Cantrell, Head of the College of Life Sciences said, “These promotions recognise the research and scholarship contributions of these individuals to the University of Dundee.”