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Our Research Strands

Tools for Biosciences

Tools for Biosciences encompasses development and application of tools, techniques and methodologies to gain insights into bio-systems on all scales to address questions across the field of biosciences. 

The research area can be broadly divided in two sub-themes that are often inter-connected: (i) experimental techniques, (ii) theory and computer-based techniques. The goal of Tools for Biosciences is to act as a catalyst to stimulate novel research ideas, organise workshops, meetings and events, and provide support towards the development of larger collaborative grant applications. For this goal to be realised, a core of active BSI members in this research area is needed. 



Bio-interfaces covers internal biological interfaces, cellular interfaces with the outside environment (e.g. skin and hair); and interfaces between artificial tissues or structures and cells, between biology and hard surfaces (e.g. microbes and surfaces). 


Physics of Life 

The aim of the Physics of Life theme is to support research activities at the intersection of physics and biology within Durham University and to facilitate collaborations between Durham researchers and the UK and international biophysics networks. 

Currently, there are two well-established niches of biophysics research at Durham University:  

  1. Mechanics of biological systems, from molecular to organ levels
  2. Structure and dynamics of bio-macromolecules and molecular assemblies.  

The goal of the BSI is to strengthen the existing themes and stimulate the development of new research projects by building a supportive interdisciplinary collaboration environment through organizing themed meetings, inviting external speakers, and supporting the development of large funding applications.