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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.

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News

Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research

Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.

(19 Jan 2018) » More about Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research


21st century anti-histamines for treating diabetic kidney disease

Due to the incidence of diabetes and the related morbidity of diabetic nephropathy, identification of new therapeutic strategies represents a health priority.

(15 Jan 2018) » More about 21st century anti-histamines for treating diabetic kidney disease


Citizen scientists help capture wild mammals on camera

Data collected by enthusiastic volunteers can be extremely useful for researchers, particularly when studying Britain’s little understood mammals. At the ‘Ecology Across Borders’ conference in Ghent, Belgium this week, researchers will share their experience of working with members of the public to create a network of motion-sensing camera traps for wildlife monitoring.

(13 Dec 2017) » More about Citizen scientists help capture wild mammals on camera


Sensing the difference between the elements

About a half of the reactions of life are catalysed by metals and a paper out today in Nature Communications​ from the Robinson lab at Durham University discovers how cells discern one metal from another.

(1 Dec 2017) » More about Sensing the difference between the elements


Seminars coming up

Thursday 25 January 2018

Thursday 1 February 2018

Thursday 8 February 2018

Thursday 15 February 2018

Thursday 22 February 2018


Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,
Durham,
DH1 3LE

Telephone:
+44 (0)191 3341200

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