The School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences is composed of 51 academic staff and research fellows 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.
SBBS ranks in the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact. Our basic science underpins applications across each-and-every sector of the bio-economy, including Biotechnology, Ecology and Agritechnology. SBBS partners with other areas of research- strength in Durham University including the Computational Sciences and Chemistry and encourages multidisciplinary research for Health and Wellbeing.
The School contributes to multidisciplinary University initiatives in the Bio-X-network.
SBBS has superb core research facilities.
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Professor Keith Lindsey
Head of School
We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences and Medicine.
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'A drop in your eye could save your sight'
Eye lens cataracts can take years to form but new research published in Nature and Science show that they potentially can be dissolved in a matter of weeks.
(5 Nov 2015) » More about 'A drop in your eye could save your sight'
SBBS supports successful COST action
Paul L Chazot SBBS (Vice Chair) reports that The EU selected COST Action BM0806 (2009-2013) is a "success" story in the recently published annual report.
(2 Oct 2015) » More about SBBS supports successful COST action
BBSRC DTP Website Launch
The new BBSRC DTP website has been launched. For more information on studentships under this scheme, go to http://www.nld-dtp.org.uk
(29 Sep 2015)
Seminars coming up
Monday 30 November 2015
- Alteration of stomatal density as an adaptive trait 4:00pm, Whitehead Room, Biological Sciences, Dr Mike Mickelbart, Purdue University, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 1 December 2015
- Organelle distribution is a consequence of opposing cytoskeletal forces 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Professor Gero Steinberg, University of Exeter, Contact email@example.com
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Monday 7 December 2015
- Hydrological Niches in Plant Communities, Or Where is a plant's beak? 4:00pm, Whitehead Room, Biological Sciences, Prof. Jonathan Silvertown, University of Edinburgh , Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 15 December 2015
- 'Positionally conserved long non-coding RNAs in Human and Mouse' 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Dr. Anton Enright, The European Bioinformatics Institute, Contact email@example.com
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Research and Innovation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
From food security and healthy aging to climate change and control of disease, read about research and innovation in the School of Biologicial and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University.