Department of Biological Sciences

Organization profile

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
okra Agriculture & Biology
Southeastern Asia Medicine & Life Sciences
Diptera Medicine & Life Sciences
Genome Medicine & Life Sciences
Middle East Medicine & Life Sciences
Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2019

A Centriolar FGR1 Oncogene Partner-Like Protein Required for Paraflagellar Rod Assembly, But Not Axoneme Assembly in African Trypanosomes

Harmer, J., Towers, K., Addison, M., Vaughan, S., Ginger, M. L. & McKean, P. G., 25 Jul 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 8, 7, 13 p., 170218.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microtubule-Organizing Center

A centriolar FOP-like protein required for paraflagellar rod assembly, but not axoneme assembly in African trypanosomes: Trypanosome FOPL function

Harmer, J., Towers, K., Addison, M., Vaughan, S., McKean, P. & Ginger, M., 25 Jul 2018, In : Open Biology. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microtubule-Organizing Center
Basal Bodies
1 Citations

A Clinical and Biological Guide for Understanding Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia and its Prevention

Dunnill, C., Al Tameemi, W., Collett, A., Haslam, I. & Georgopoulos, N., Jan 2018, In : Oncologist. 23, 1, p. 84-96 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Drug Therapy
Hair Follicle

Projects 2011 2023

NextGen Biologists: Essential Computing Skills for Molecular Biology

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


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes

Humphreys, P. & Mayes, W. M.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

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

Kinnunen, T.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Activities 2013 2018

British Ecological Society (External organisation)

Jarek Bryk (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

Observation of Arctic Sea Ice Breakup and Floe Size During the Winter-to-Summer Transition

Byonjun Hwang (Keynote speaker)
14 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

University of Leeds

Byonjun Hwang (Visiting researcher)
24 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution