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Welcome to the Department of Biosciences at Durham

Our research and teaching addresses fundamentally important questions facing humankind, from food security to sustainability in industrial processes, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the impact of climate change on life on earth. Our students develop a wide range of analytical and practical skills that prepare them to meet these challenges.

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9th The Complete University Guide 2022
8th in the UK for world-leading research impact (REF 2014)
12th (Biosciences) in The Guardian’s Best Universities 2021 league table
Athena Swan Bronze Award

Study with Us

  • Undergraduate Study

    Our teaching is broad, from molecular structures to landscape-scale population dynamics, reflecting major questions in biology.

    Students working at computer screens
  • Postgraduate Study

    Join a strong and vibrant postgraduate community for training in modern research techniques using state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

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Undergraduate Study

Our teaching is broad, from molecular structures to landscape-scale population dynamics, reflecting major questions in biology.

Students working at computer screens

Postgraduate Study

Join a strong and vibrant postgraduate community for training in modern research techniques using state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

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Work with us

We welcome new members to our team, bringing new approaches to answering biological questions.

The freedom to pursue your research interest, and to make that part of your teaching, is a valuable feature of what we offer to our team and, through them, to our students. You will also find that Durham’s interdisciplinary approach to research brings fresh perspectives to your own work.
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Research

Our research covers the breadth of the biological sciences, from cell and molecular biology in animals, plants, and microbes; to ecology, evolution and the environment. We often work at the interface with other disciplines such as the physical sciences, supported by outstanding research infrastructure in genomics, bioimaging and mass spectrometry, and plant and animal growth facilities.

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News

Climate variability may delay post-fire recovery of boreal forest in southern Siberia, Russia.

Prolonged dry periods and increased temperatures that result from anthropogenic climate change have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of wildfires in the boreal region. There is growing evidence that such changes in fire regime can reduce forest resilience and drive shifts in post-fire plant successional trajectories.

Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that. He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably. This is because a research team, involving Durham, has found that Covid-19 has a very distinct odour – which we as humans can’t smell – but the dogs’ super sniffing powers can detect it with up to 94 per cent accuracy.

  

At Durham, we provide an outstanding environment for research and education in animal, plant and bacterial biology encompassing expertise from the atomic to whole ecosystem scale. Trained by Durham Biosciences in the skills and knowledge required, our students are able to succeed in a wide range of careers or training environments and help society tackle the challenges for the future.

Professor Martin Cann
Head of Department

Upcoming events

Phototropin light switches: From directional growth to plant optogenetics

Thursday 25 February 2021 - Thursday 25 February 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Durham river and Cathedral view

Structure and function of human carbohydrate processing enzymes

Thursday 4 March 2021 - Thursday 4 March 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Rowing boat on river

Sleep in Drosophila

Thursday 18 March 2021 - Thursday 18 March 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Saddler Street in Durham City Centre

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate study, our research, and the services we offer.

Department of Biosciences

Durham University
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE

 

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1241

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