Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences

  • United Kingdom

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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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    Research Output

    A novel workflow for three-dimensional analysis of tumour cell migration

    Ketchen, S., Rohwedder, A., Knipp, S., Esteves, F., Struve, N., Peckham, M., Ladbury, J., Curd, A., Short, S. & Bruning-Richardson, A., 14 Feb 2020, In : Interface Focus. 10, 2, 6 p., 20190070.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A Polar Surface Eddy Obscured by Thermal Stratification

    Porter, M., Henley, S., Orkney, A., Bouman, H., Hwang, B. P., Dumont, E., Venables, E. J. & Cottier, F., 28 Mar 2020, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 47, 6, 9 p., e2019GL086281.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cholesterol homeostasis: links to hair follicle biology and hair disorders

    Palmer, M. A., Blakeborough, L., Harries, M. & Haslam, I. S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Experimental Dermatology. 29, 3, p. 299-311 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    The Post-Disposal Behaviour of C-14 and Irradiated Graphite

    Humphreys, P., Cooke, D., Bond, G., Heard, P., Bligh Scott, T. & Eccles, H.


    Project: Research


    PhD External Examiner - University of Nottingham

    Simon Allison (Examiner)
    27 Feb 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Austrian Science Fund

    Matthew Hill (Participant)
    3 Feb 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

    Press / Media

    Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists

    Matthew Hill


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Uni projects shortlisted in Medilink Healthcare Business Awards

    Karen Ousey & Nikolaos Georgopoulos


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other