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.

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

 

Events:

24 Oct 2014
Transcriptome assembly and other computational adventures in biology

Dr Martyn Winn, (STFC Daresbury Laboratory)
Seminar Room, Dyers Brae: 1:00 PM, 24 Oct 2014

All welcome.

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28 Oct 2014
CBD Seminar Series: Social and antisocial behaviour in parasitic wasps

Dr Ian Hardy (University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 28 Oct 2014

After introducing parasitic, or ‘parasitoid’, wasps  of which there are many thousands of species worldwide, Dr Hardy will discuss species in which adult wasps fight each other directly for vital resources and outline what determines which contestant wins. He will then discuss some very unusual parasitoids that do not fight, but several mothers look after broods of offspring communally (termed quasi-sociality). He will offer an explanation for this behaviour.  Both fighting and non-fighting wasps tend to produce mainly females in their offspring groups. The reasons for biased sex ratios in fighting wasps are well understood but the sex ratios of quasi-social wasps require explanations that are novel among parasitoids.

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30 Oct 2014
SOI seminar: Ecosystem approach to fisheries

Prof Simon Jennings (Chief Science Advisor at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Lowestoft)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 30 Oct 2014

Simon Jennings is a Chief Science Advisor at the Centre for 
Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Lowestoft. Through Cefas, he advises national and international bodies on marine environmental management, with a focus on issues relating to biodiversity and fishery-environment interactions. He is a former Chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Advisory Committee on Ecosystems. Simon is also active as a research scientist, and works with colleagues to understand the structure and function of marine systems, to assess human and environmental impacts on populations, communities and ecosystems and to develop and apply tools to support marine environmental and fisheries management. This research is not strongly tied to specific approaches, scales or systems and spans the continuum from fundamental to applied. Research outputs have led to new methods of marine monitoring, assessment and management. Simon also holds a Chair of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, where he works for one day each week to develop and facilitate research collaborations between the University of East Anglia and Cefas; a contribution to the strategic alliance signed by these institutions in 2008.

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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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03 Dec 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: High-throughput decoding of drug-resistance and virulence mechanisms in African trypanosomes

Prof. David Horn (College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 03 Dec 2014
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