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School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

 School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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.

To find out more about the School, please use the links on the left of your browser, or contact us directly.


'A drop in your eye could save your sight'

Eye Lens

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

(29 Sep 2015)

Seminars coming up

Monday 30 November 2015

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Monday 7 December 2015

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Contact Details

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
Durham University,
South Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200
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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.