We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

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.

To find out more about the Department, please use the links on the left of your browser, or contact us directly.


Durham researchers at BBC Good Food Show - 14th to 17th June 2018

Amy Jacobsen, Flora Hetherington and George Jervis from Durham University's Department of Biosciences will be running an interactive activity on plant roots at the BBC Good Food Show in June.

(7 Jun 2018) » More about Durham researchers at BBC Good Food Show - 14th to 17th June 2018

Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch

Warmer springs create a mismatch where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.

(24 Apr 2018) » More about Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch

High number of barriers in Europe’s rivers could hinder natural river function

The density of barriers in European rivers is much higher than indicated by available databases according to a new study by AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers), involving Durham Biosciences, Geography and Business School. Citizen scientists are being asked to report river barriers by using a smartphone app called Barrier Tracker (download at iTunes or Google Play).

(20 Apr 2018) » More about Barriers in Europe's rivers

Seminars coming up

Contact Details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,

+44 (0)191 3341200

Gold rated for teaching excellence and student outcomes