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
Genome Medicine & Life Sciences
Insects Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Chemical Compounds
Middle East Medicine & Life Sciences

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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
refuge
climate conditions
flowering
Africa
coast

Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe

Frantz, L. A. F., Haile, J., Lin, A. T., Scheu, A., Geörg, C., Benecke, N., Alexander, M., Linderholm, A., Mullin, V. E., Daly, K. G., Battista, V. M., Price, M., Gron, K. J., Alexandri, P., Arbogast, R. M., Arbuckle, B., Bǎlǎşescu, A., Barnett, R., Bartosiewicz, L., Baryshnikov, G. & 80 othersBonsall, C., Borić, D., Boroneanţ, A., Bulatović, J., Çakirlar, C., Carretero, J. M., Chapman, J., Church, M., Crooijmans, R., De Cupere, B., Detry, C., Dimitrijevic, V., Dumitraşcu, V., Du Plessis, L., Edwards, C. J., Erek, C. M., Erim-Özdoǧan, A., Ervynck, A., Fulgione, D., Gligor, M., Götherström, A., Gourichon, L., Groenen, M. A. M., Helmer, D., Hongo, H., Horwitz, L. K., Irving-Pease, E. K., Lebrasseur, O., Lesur, J., Malone, C., Manaseryan, N., Marciniak, A., Martlew, H., Mashkour, M., Matthews, R., Matuzeviciute, G. M., Maziar, S., Meijaard, E., McGovern, T., Megens, H. J., Miller, R., Mohaseb, A. F., Orschiedt, J., Orton, D., Papathanasiou, A., Pearson, M. P., Pinhasi, R., Radmanović, D., Ricaut, F. X., Richards, M., Sabin, R., Sarti, L., Schier, W., Sheikhi, S., Stephan, E., Stewart, J. R., Stoddart, S., Tagliacozzo, A., Tasić, N., Trantalidou, K., Tresset, A., Valdiosera, C., Van Den Hurk, Y., Van Poucke, S., Vigne, J. D., Yanevich, A., Zeeb-Lanz, A., Triantafyllidis, A., Gilbert, M. T. P., Schibler, J., Rowley-Conwy, P., Zeder, M., Peters, J., Cucchi, T., Bradley, D. G., Dobney, K., Burger, J., Evin, A., Girdland-Flink, L. & Larson, G., 27 Aug 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 35, p. 17231-17238 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sus scrofa
Swine
Middle East
Mitochondrial DNA
Gene Flow

An Efficient and User-Friendly Implementation of the Founder Analysis Methodology

Vieira, D., Almeida, M., Richards, M. B. & Soares, P., 22 Jun 2019, Practical Applications of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: 13th International Conference, PACBB 2019. Mohamad, M. S., Zaki, N., Castellanos-Garzón, J. A., Fdez-Riverola, F. & Rocha, M. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 121-128 8 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 1005).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

User interfaces
DNA
Pipelines

Projects 2011 2023

Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes

Humphreys, P. & Mayes, W. M.

31/08/1430/08/17

Project: ResearchResearch Council - NERC

C. elegans model to unravel the role of Klotho in ion metabolism and aging

Kinnunen, T.

1/01/1531/12/17

Project: ResearchResearch Council - Other

Activities 1996 2019

Biochemical Society Transactions (Journal)

George Psakis (Reviewer)
13 Oct 2019

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

Open Geosciences (Journal)

Thomas Smyth (Reviewer)
9 Sep 2019 → …

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

Exploring the role of cell signalling co-factor, Klotho, in longevity and healthy lifespan

Tarja Kinnunen (Speaker)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Does this resonate with you?

Fraser Scott

16/05/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Maths made easier for scientists who shun the subject wins award

Fraser Scott

12/04/1925/04/19

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Solving problems using experts’ decisions

Fraser Scott

25/03/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment