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



01 Oct 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Genomes, genes and technology

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

The focus of this lecture will be discussing technology development for genomic and functional genomics analyses.

In the mid-1970s, Ed Southern developed a technique for transferring DNA from gels onto nitrocellulose paper; the Southern blotting. It quickly became a widespread technique and provided a template for mapping the human genome. The following Northern and Western blotting procedures have made a huge impact on the study of genes and proteins, significantly advancing biomedical research.

Later on, Ed made another crucial contribution with the development of microarray technology which allows parallelising large screening of biological material. Microarrays are widely used both in basic research as well as in clinical diagnostic settings.

Ed Southern, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society, has received the Royal Medal of the Royal Society of London in 1998, was made a Knight Bachelor in the June 2003 and was awarded the Lasker Award in 2005. Currently, Ed Southern is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Science Advisor of Oxford Gene Technology.

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03 Oct 2014
CBD Seminar series: Gender, Science and Myths of Merit

Prof Marlene Zuk (University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 11:00 AM, 03 Oct 2014
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09 Oct 2014
SOI seminar: Prof Colin Brownlee, Marine Biology Association, Plymouth and The University of Southampton

Prof Colin Brownlee (Marine Biology Association, Plymouth and The University of Southampton)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 09 Oct 2014
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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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30 Oct 2014
SOI seminar: TBA

Kalliopi-Charitomeni (Popi) Gkikopoulou AND Simon Dailey ( )
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 30 Oct 2014
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06 Nov 2014
SOI seminar: What have we learnt about ocean acidification and what is the way forward?

Prof Jean-Pierre Gattuso (Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, France)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 06 Nov 2014
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