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Biophysical Sciences Institute

Biophysical Sciences Institute

Through collaborative and multidisciplinary research, the BSI works to solve major biological challenges by developing new scientific methods and technologies.

The BSI hosts a programme of events that cover the spectrum of the biophysical sciences, designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration. Our events are open to all.

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

2016 Howard Lecture: Justin Benesch

St Chad's College, Justin Benesch

Justin Benesch, University of Oxford: ‘Weighing up protein dynamics: assembly, activity, and evolution’

To be held on the 26th October from 4.30pm in St Chad’s College Chapel, Bailey, Durham.

All are welcome.

Contact for more information about this event.


British Society for Research on Ageing - Meeting (July 2016)

The School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences recently hosted the British Society for Research on Ageing, Annual Scientific Meeting, organized by David Weinkove, and supported by the Biophysical Sciences Institute.

(3 Aug 2016) » More about BSRA Meeting, Durham July 2016

EU Virus- X Consortium

A consortium of private companies and public researchers were recently awarded €8 million to explore viral genomic diversity, with the aims of crafting new sequencing approaches, bioinformatics tools, and targeted gene products.

The effort, called "Virus-X: Viral Metagenomics for Innovation Value," has been funded through Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Virus-X is to run for the next four years and includes 15 participants from eight countries. Prokazyme, an Icelandic enzyme supplier, is coordinating the project.

BSI co-director Ehmke Pohl will lead the work package on 'Protein characterisation and structure determinations'.

Read the full press release here.

(27 Apr 2016)

The Physics of Ribbon Curling

Ever wondered how and why a ribbon curls when we run a scissor blade down one side of it?

BSI academics explain precisely how:

(17 Mar 2016)

British Heart Foundation: New Horizons Grants

Description: To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field. Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc. Up to £300,000 available for up to three years' duration.

Closing date: No closing date

For full details visit here


(10 Jun 2015)

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