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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.

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Professor Keith Lindsey

Head of Department

We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences.

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Scientists trace the genetic evolution of cotton

Work led by scientists in China, in collaboration with Durham University, and published in Nature Genetics , has shown how the genetic organisation of cotton has evolved during domestication over millennia.

(7 Mar 2017) » More about The genetic evolution of cotton

Caledonian forests threatened by climatic change

A team led by Professor Brian Huntley has shown that efforts to conserve the remaining fragments of the great Forest of Caledon in Scotland may be doomed to fail unless a new strategy is rapidly adopted.

(3 Mar 2017) » More about Caledonian forests threatened by climatic change

Engineering Ni supply for biotechnology

Durham scientists have helped uncover the pathway for biosynthesis of the yellow, nickel-containing coenzyme F430, essential in microorganisms that convert CO2 to methane, as reported today in Nature.

(23 Feb 2017) » More about Engineering Ni supply for biotechnology

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

Seminars coming up

Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200

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