The School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences is composed of 44 academic staff with research and teaching interests that span the broad spectrum of the Biosciences. The School studies biology from the smallest to the largest scales; from the structures and functions of biological molecules, through to cells, tissues and organisms and to the entire global ecosystem. The interests of academic staff include all types of living organisms, from bacteria, through the plant and animal kingdoms, to human health and disease. The School also has strong interdisciplinary links with the physical and social sciences. With excellent facilities for carrying out both teaching and research, we offer high quality undergraduate teaching programmes, and a supportive environment for research staff and postgraduate students.
The School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences is a research-led department, which had 90% of its research rated as International Quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 50% recognised as Internationally Excellent or World-Leading. Our research addresses major global problems including food security, climate change, healthy aging and control of disease with our academics underpinning these areas with expertise in 'Biotic and abiotic stress, signalling and environmental adaptation', 'Cell structure, function and development' and 'Human health and disease'
Research within the School contributes to major University initiatives, such as the Biophysical Sciences Institute, the Durham Energy Institute, the Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology (DCBT), the Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT), the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and the North East Stem Cell Institute.
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Professor Patrick Hussey
Head of School
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Prof. Marc Knight awarded ITN grant
Calcium and light signals in photosynthetic organisms (CALIPSO). Prof. Marc Knight is the UK partner of a consortium of 9 academic and 3 industrial partners from across Europe which have been funded €3.3M to work on calcium regulation of photosynthesis and primary metabolism and its potential for future crop improvements.
(24 May 2013) » More about Prof. Marc Knight awarded ITN grant
Prof Stefan Przyborski, Innovator of the year finalist.
Prof. Stefan Przyborski was a top 3 finalist of the BBSRC UK Innovator of the Year award 2013. He has aIso been appointed to the grant assessment panel for the NC3Rs. An organisation that works to develop new technology to reduce, replace, and refine the use of animals in research.
Biomed Central Annual Research awards.
(24 May 2013) » More about Biomed Central Annual Research awards.
Seminars coming up
Resource trade-offs and their potentially constraining role on the evolution of sexual ornamentation
Contact DetailsSchool of Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
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