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., 10 Apr 2019, In : People and Nature. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecosystem service

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

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

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


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes

Humphreys, P. & Mayes, W. M.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

NextGen Biologists: Essential Computing Skills for Molecular Biology

Bryk, J., O'Connell, M. & Callaghan, M.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 2013 2019

How can I make a difference? Exploring ways to make an impact on curriculum design

Amanda Tinker (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Katherine Greenhough (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Patricia Hill (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

University of Leeds

Byonjun Hwang (Visiting researcher)
24 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Capturing the Graduate Perspective: A Collaborative Initiative for Learning Development

Amanda Tinker (Speaker), Katherine Greenhough (Speaker), Bethany Morgan (Speaker), Eleanor Smith (Speaker)
26 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation