Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences

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Strong strategic support from the School of Applied Sciences and the University has led to dramatic growth in research in Biological Sciences over the past seven years, enabling us both to become a distinct Department and to submit for the first time to the REF at the end of 2013.

New state-of-the-art laboratories have been established, with substantial investment in infrastructure, including facilities for flow cytometry, fluorometry, luminometry, real-time PCR and histology, cell culture, forensic biology, molecular genetics analysis, archaeogenetics and ancient DNA research. Moreover, advanced instrumentation shared with colleagues in Chemistry and Physics includes NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, protein crystallography and high performance computing developed in conjunction with the Science and Technology Facilities Council.‌

Our research now includes the study of infectious diseases, molecular carcinogenesis and drug design, the structural biology and biochemistry of food macromolecules, the molecular basis of circadian rhythms, forensic entomology, the origins of animals and transposable elements, the dispersals of modern humans, and the development of new methods for analysing forensic and archaeological DNA. There is a strong interdisciplinary focus, with several staff working at the boundaries between groups or contributing to more than one group; many also work at the interface with groups in Pharmacy, Chemistry and Physics.

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Mitochondrial DNA Medicine & Life Sciences
Abelmoschus Medicine & Life Sciences
Diptera Medicine & Life Sciences
okra Agriculture & Biology
Insects Medicine & Life Sciences
Southeastern Asia Medicine & Life Sciences
Genome Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2001 2019

A dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa migration

Rito, T., Vieira, D., Soares Da Silva, M., Conde-Sousa, E., Pereira, L., Mellars, P., Richards, M. & Soares, P., 18 Mar 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 10 p., 4728.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
climate conditions

Are all rivers equal? The role of education in attitudes towards temporary and perennial rivers

Leigh, C., Boersma, K., Galatowitsch, M., Milner, V. & Stubbington, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : People and Nature. 1, 2, p. 181-190 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecosystem service
1 Citation (Scopus)

Chemotherapy-Induced Hair Loss: The Use of Biomarkers for Predicting Alopecic Severity and Treatment Efficacy

Haslam, I. S. & Smart, E., 17 Apr 2019, In : Biomarker Insights. 14, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Drug Therapy

Projects 2011 2023

Activities 1996 2019

PhD Examination - Shurooq Hussein Jaber ALJEBUR

Martin Carr (Examiner)
28 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Geosciences (Switzerland) (Journal)

Thomas Smyth (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (External organisation)

Martin Carr (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute