The School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences is composed of 51 academic staff and research fellows with research and teaching interests that span the broad spectrum of the Biosciences. The School 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 School 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 School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences is a research-led department, which had 90% of its research rated as International Quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 50% recognised as Internationally Excellent or World-Leading. Our research addresses major global problems including food security, climate change, healthy aging and control of disease with our academics underpinning these areas with expertise in 'Biotic and abiotic stress, signalling and environmental adaptation', 'Cell structure, function and development' and 'Human health and disease'
Research within the School contributes to major University initiatives, such as the Biophysical Sciences Institute, the Durham Energy Institute, the Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology (DCBT), the Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT), the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and the North East Stem Cell Institute.
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Professor Patrick Hussey
Head of School
We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences and Medicine.
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Seminars coming up
Monday 10 March 2014
- The underestimated value of urban ecology 5:00pm, Whitehead Room, Zoe Davies ( DICE)
Tuesday 11 March 2014
- What next for badgers and the problems of bovine TB in UK cattle? 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Prof. Liz Wellington, Warwick University, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 18 March 2014
- Molecular aspects of plant-insect interactions and insect-transmitted disease agents 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Dr Saskia Hogenhout, John Innes Centre, Contact email@example.com
Tuesday 6 May 2014
- SUMO modification in the plant immune system 4:00pm, L50, Psychology, Dr Harrold van den Burg, University of Amsterdam
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