Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences

  • United Kingdom

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Profile Information

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
Genome Medicine & Life Sciences
okra Agriculture & Biology
Insects Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Chemical Compounds
Middle East Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2020

Functional validity, role, and implications of heavy alcohol consumption genetic loci

Thompson, A., Cook, J., Choquet, H., Jorgenson, E., Yin, J., Kinnunen, T., Barclay, J., Morris, A. P. & Pirmohamed, M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Science advances. 6, 3, 12 p., eaay5034.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Genetic Loci
Alcohol Drinking
Caenorhabditis elegans
4 Citations (Scopus)

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

A genomic survey of transposable elements in the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta reveals selection on codon usage

Southworth, J., Grace, C., Marron, A., Fatima, N. & Carr, M., 23 Nov 2019, In : Mobile DNA. 10, 19 p., 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
DNA Transposable Elements

Projects 2011 2023

Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes

Humphreys, P. & Mayes, W. M.


Project: Research

Activities 1989 2020

Pathogens (Journal)

Richard Bingham (Reviewer)
12 Dec 2019 → …

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

Press / Media

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Fraser Scott


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UK to open first ‘body farm’ for forensic research

Anna Williams


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Maths made easier for scientists who shun the subject wins award

Fraser Scott


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research