DGD Wiley Prize for the most downloaded paper

We’re delighted to say that our paper “Evolutionary diversification of the canonical Wnt signaling effector TCF/LEF in chordates” in
Development Growth & Differentiation 64 (3), 120-137, 2022, has been awarded the DGD Wiley Prize for the most downloaded paper of 2022. Congratulations to Nuria Torres Aguila, Marika Salonna and Stefan Hoppler.


This paper was in a special issue on Marine Genomics, edited by Prof S. Yaguchi and Prof H. Wada, and the main summary figure from our paper was featured on the front cover (bottom right).

June 2023 – Book published

The book Hox Modules in Evolution and Development has been published, in the evolutionary cell biology series edited by Prof Brian Hall and Prof Sally Moody for CRC Press, Taylor & Francis. It was a pleasure to edit this book and many thanks to all of the contributing authors. It’s a fascinating read!

April 2023 – Visit of the delegation from Rhineland Palatinate

As part of a visit of a governmental and industrial delegation from the Rhineland Palatinate to Scotland, we had the pleasure of introducing  Ciona intestinalis sea squirts to Mr Clemens Hoch (the Minister for Science and Health), along with PD Dr Sigrid Rieuwerts (Commissioner for Scotland at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz) and Dr Hendrik von Büren (Senior Director and Managing Director of Research and development AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co), whilst they toured the Scottish Oceans Institute.

Visit of Coaltown of Balgonie primary school (October 2019)

Thanks to Coaltown of Balgonie primary school for helping us to christen our new SOI outreach space with lots of wet wellies and socks after a morning on the rock-pools of East Sands. Lots of hermit crabs, winkles, shrimps, anemones, brittle stars and whelks, as well as one or two fish and some interesting worms. Cold and wet, but still happy and smiling at the end!

First Chances 2018.

Widening Access via First Chances University of St Andrews. S1-2 pupils from Auchmuty School, Glenrothes, learnt some developmental biology via examining live chicken early embryos. 14th March, 2018.

Explorathon 2017

The Explorer Scouts carried out a litter pick on East Sands on Saturday 30th September as part of Explorathon 2017. We managed to clear 23.5kg of litter from the beach and discussed the environmental hazards of litter at the seaside, particularly for plastics.


Thanks to the Scouts for a job well done!