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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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The fight against malaria

Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria – a disease which is preventable and curable. More than 440,000 people die from malaria each year with 70% of these deaths in children under 5 years.

(30 Oct 2018) » More about The fight against malaria

Insights into the Evolution of Multicellularity from the Sea Lettuce Genome

A new paper from John Bothwell's group in this week's Current Biology reports the first sequenced genome of a green seaweed. 

(26 Sep 2018) » More about Insights into the Evolution of Multicellularity from the Sea Lettuce Genome

Seminars coming up

Thursday 13 December 2018

Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes