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Department of Biosciences

Department of Biosciences

The Department of Biosciences is composed of 51 academic staff and research fellows with research and teaching interests that span the broad spectrum of the Biosciences. The Department 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 Department 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 Department ranks in the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact and contributes to multidisciplinary University initiatives in the Bio-X-network.

The Department has superb core research facilities.

Should you not find the information you are looking for in our web pages please contact us.

Professor Keith Lindsey

Head of Department

We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences.

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


Biotechnology Yes 2016

Congratulations to Emily Cardew, Naomi Carne, Beccy Eno, and Eve Hunter-Featherstone, who were awarded the James Cowper Preston prize.

(9 Dec 2016) » More about Biotechnology Yes 2016

Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers

Drs Martyn Lucas and Jeroen Tummers of Durham University’s Department of Biosciences celebrate new paper on the importance for fishes of reducing river fragmentation at the EU-funded AMBER launch on 30 Nov 2016.

(30 Nov 2016) » More about AMBER and reducing river fragmentation effects

New EU project collaboration across Biosciences, Geography and Business School: EU AMBER project launches its research on fragmented river systems in Europe

EU AMBER project launches its research on fragmented river systems in Europe

(30 Nov 2016) » More about The new AMBER project

How plants conquer the world

A study involving Durham University's Dr Wayne Dawson shows that the ability to self-fertilize helps plants to spread around the world

(31 Oct 2016) » More about How plants conquer the world

ReproCELL Europe wins Technology Innovator Award

ReproCELL Europe has been named Most renowned for Innovation in Cell Technology 2016 & Development of Advanced 3D Tissue models using Alvetex in the CV Technology Innovator Awards. Chief Scientific Officer of ReproCELL Europe, Durham University's Professor Przyborski provides an overview of the 3D Cell Culture Technolgy that has been recognised.

(21 Oct 2016) » More about ReproCELL Europe wins Technology Innovator Award

Seminars coming up

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Tuesday 31 January 2017

  • TBA 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Dr. Kerry Franklin

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200

We're recruiting