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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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Research looks at metals’ roles in reactions of life

Nearly half of the reactions of life are driven by metals. Now a multidisciplinary collaboration between ten Durham University Bioscientists and Chemists has discovered how living cells are attuned to these vital elements.

(6 Feb 2017) » More about the role of metals in reactions of life

British Ecological Society Symposium 2017

Durham to host British Ecological Society Symposium 2017.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about British Ecological Society Symposium 2017

British Pharmacological Society

Congratulations to Mr Chris Green (current final year BSc (Hons) Biological Science undergraduate student) for receiving the 2016 British Pharmacological Society Prize.

(12 Jan 2017) » More about British Pharmacological Society

Seminars coming up

Monday 27 February 2017

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Monday 13 March 2017

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200

We're recruiting