Research in Biological Science

Research in the School is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). Together these centres encompass the full spectrum of research in biological sciences, spanning investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules to planetary environmental dynamics.

Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
World class innovative multi-disciplinary research focussed on the broad theme of infection and immunity
Centre for Biological Diversity
Advancing science that underpins the diversity of life
Scottish Oceans Institute
A key focus for research excellence in marine-related science




02 Sep 2014
CBD Seminar Series: Data Science Paradigm

Prof Ritei Shibata (Keio University, Waseda University and Data Science Consortium Ltd., Japan)
Dyers Brae Seminar Room, Harold Mitchell: 1:00 PM, 02 Sep 2014

The paradigm of Data Science is not new for me. I have been advocating this paradigm for the last 20 years. There are now many cases where a lot of data have been accumulated but left as it is in academics and business. Data Science aims to create new values from data. Data Science is a science of data, and discovery and abstraction are two key elements. There are three types of abstraction in Data Science, abstraction of data, abstraction of flow of data and abstraction of the result of the analysis. Such abstraction facilitates transfer of expertise on data to other data in other fields of application. In this talk, I would like to illustrate the power of the application of data science into various scientific problems as well as business problems in industry through the activities of Data Science Consortium by showing several practical examples.

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04 Sep 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Improbable science and its miscommunication

Professor David Colquhoun ( )
Lecture Theatre, MBS: 1:00 PM, 04 Sep 2014

David Colquhoun is a man of two careers. He was one of the UK’s leading pharmacologists, elected to the Royal Society in 1985  for his work in single channel work, most particularly the statistical underpinnings of this approach. He will be well known to anyone in ion channels.

Since his ‘retirement’  using his award winning science communication blog ‘’ he has analysed alternative medicine. He is also a prolific tweeter.

His article was a gem.

He has turned his attention to the proper use (and mis-use) of statistics in research. is a very useful primer to anyone seeking to understand statistical significance.

David is an exemplar of how to communicate science and how to serve the public by bringing an informed sceptical eye to benefit society.

He is a renowned and engaging lecturer. He will focus on science communication so his lecture will be informative to all...

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19 Sep 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Cell-Autonomous Inhibition of HIV-1 Infection

Prof. Michael Malim (King's College London)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 19 Sep 2014
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01 Oct 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Title to be announced

Prof Ed Southern, FRS (Oxford University, Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus)
Lecture Theatre, MBS: 4:00 PM, 01 Oct 2014

In addition to developing the eponymous Southern blot, Prof Southern has promoted technology development generally in the biological sciences. He has won many prizes for his work, among them the Lasker Award (which often presages future recognition by the Nobel committee).

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15 Oct 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Combining three dimensional imaging techniques to study cell morphogenesis in Trypanosoma brucei

Dr Sue Vaughan (Oxford Brookes University, Dept of Biological and Medical Sciences)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 15 Oct 2014
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