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School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

 School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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.

SBBS ranks in the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact. Our basic science underpins applications across each-and-every sector of the bio-economy, including Biotechnology, Ecology and Agritechnology. SBBS partners with other areas of research- strength in Durham University including the Computational Sciences and Chemistry and encourages multidisciplinary research for Health and Wellbeing.

The School contributes to multidisciplinary University initiatives in the Bio-X-network.

SBBS 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 School


We also support teaching programmes in Natural Sciences and Medicine.

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


News

EU Virus-X Consortium Awarded €8M to Mine Viral Biological Diversity

Virus-X

Durham University's, Ehmke Pohl, is part of a consortium that has received EU funding to explore viral genomic diversity, with the aims of crafting new sequencing approaches, bioinformatics tools, and targeted gene products.

(25 Apr 2016) » More about Virus-X


Research finds damage ''sensor'' in skin tissue

Research by the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences has identified a damage ''sensor'' in skin surface tissues that transmits a ''stress/injury signal'' for skin wound repair.

(21 Apr 2016) » More about Research by the school of Biological and Biomedical Sciences has identified a damage sensor in skin surface tissues that transmits a stress/injury signal for skin wound repair.


Genomic architecture of phenotypic divergence between two hybridizing plant species along an elevational gradient

New research published by SBBS Research Fellow Adrian Brennan.

(20 Apr 2016) » More about Genomic architecture of phenotypic divergence between two hybridizing plant species along an elevational gradient


How climate change is affecting common birds

Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA.

An international team of researchers, led by Durham University’s Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those expected to do badly over a 30 year period from 1980 to 2010.

Strong effects of climate change on common birds in Europe and USA

(1 Apr 2016) » More about How climate change is affecting common birds


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Contact Details

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham,
DH1 3LE

Telephone:
+44 (0)191 3341200
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