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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 and are open to anyone who would like to attend.  

Wednesday 14 September 2016

British Society for Parasitology Autumn Symposium in collaboration with the RSC

14-16th September 2016, Durham University

Microbial protein targets: towards understanding and intervention

This symposium will bring together leading expertise in protein structure determination, biochemical characterization and chemical biology to explore the most recent advances in the understanding of protein function and inhibition in microbial pathogens – both bacteria and parasites.

Themes are:

  • Microbial protein structure determination and analyses
  • Biochemical analyses of microbial protein functionality
  • Chemical tools for probing microbial protein function
  • Structure, function and rational drug discovery

Confirmed Speakers include:

To secure a place please visit the website of the British Society for Parasitology.


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



(10 Jun 2015)

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