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.

Research Impact

In REF2014 Biological Sciences in
St Andrews was rated top in Scotland and second across the UK.
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



26 Jul 2016
CBD: Collective sensing and decision-making in animal groups

Professor Iain D. Couzin (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology)
Seminar Room, Dyers Brae: 10:00 AM, 26 Jul 2016

Prof Couzin's work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from cellular and insect swarms to fish schools and human crowds.

If anyone would like to meet with Iain please contact Christian Rutz on

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26 Jul 2016
CBD: Sexually selected sexual selection: can evolutionary retribution explain female ornamental colour?

Dr Tino Macias (UNAM, Mexico City)
Seminar Room, Dyers Brae: 1:00 PM, 26 Jul 2016

Tino is well known to many in the CBD, a frequent visitor and long term collaborator with several of us. He will talk about his work on coevolution between males and females during mate choice and how this influences the evolution of colour display in Mexican fish.

If anyone would like to meet with Tino please contact Mike Ritchie on


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28 Jul 2016
BSRC Seminar: Structural and functional characterization of class I Aureochrome- a natural optogenetic module

Dr Ankan Banerjee (LMU Munich)
Annex seminar room, BSRC: 4:00 PM, 28 Jul 2016
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07 Sep 2016
Biology Management Group meeting

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4.14, BMS: 10:00 AM, 07 Sep 2016
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19 Sep 2016
Biology Equality and Diversity Meeting

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Laverack Room, SOI: 9:30 AM, 19 Sep 2016
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