Professor Dominiczak believes strongly in the interconnectivity of scientific research. She feels strongly that one of the
advantages of the active life sciences community in the West of Scotland is the opportunity available to all to draw together
the threads of many different research projects.
"Regardless of technology, life-changing discoveries are often made while chatting over a cup of coffee," she says. "The friendly
environment surrounding the new center greatly facilitates both the formal and informal sharing of knowledge."
Professor Walter Kolch
Professor of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and group leader at the Beatson Institute, Glasgow,
Professor Walter Kolch has a world-class reputation for his research in proteomics, cell signaling, and analytical biochemistry.
His work centers on the principles of cancer growth and transformation and, in particular, of signal transduction pathways,
or intercellular channels of communication.
Born and educated in Austria, Professor Kolch worked extensively in both the US and Germany before moving to the Beatson Institute
for Cancer Research (
http://www.beatson.gla.ac.uk/) in Glasgow in 1998. He was appointed Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow in 2000.
Professor Kolch is also a highly successful manager of research projects and was the lead applicant in the successful funding
application, which led to the establishment of the Sir Henry Wellcome Functional Genomics Facility (SHWFGF) at the University
of Glasgow in 2001.
Professor Kolch points out that an essential part of scientific research is teamwork. His base in the West of Scotland places
him at the forefront of biochemistry and signal transduction research/proteomics in Europe.
Not least among the advantages he finds here is the approximately $21-million grant made in 2005 by the Biotechnology and
Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council—two of the most important
granting institutions in the UK—for the development of proteomics technologies over a six-year period. This is a joint project
involving researchers from three Scottish universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee.