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



11 Mar 2015
Biology Management Group

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Room 4.14, BMS: 9:30 AM, 11 Mar 2015
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11 Mar 2015
EaStCHEM/BSRC Colloquium Series: The use of enzymes for C-C bond formation and chiral amine synthesis

Prof Helen C Hailes (University College London, Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
Lecture Theatre C, Purdie Building: 3:30 PM, 11 Mar 2015

Biocatalysis offers a powerful sustainable strategy for the production of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. We have been investigating the use of transketolases, transaminases and norcoclaurine synthases for C-C bond formation and chiral amine synthesis, including reaction cascades. The seminar will present recent studies using these enzymes and other selected reactions in water.

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12 Mar 2015
SOI seminar: Comparative diving eco-physiology: a tool to assess environmental change

Dr Andreas Fahlman (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA)
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 12 Mar 2015

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18 Mar 2015
BSRC Seminar Series: Fragment-based drug discovery- a decade of thinking small

Dr Harren Jhoti (Astex Pharmaceuticals)
Lecture Theatre, BMS: 1:00 PM, 18 Mar 2015
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01 Apr 2015
SOI seminar: Toothed whales and tooth fish: depredation by marine mammals on fisheries around the Southern Ocean Islands of Kerguelen and Crozet

Christope Guine (Centre d'…tudes Biologiques de Chizť (CEBC))
Gatty Lecture Theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 01 Apr 2015

He will be discussing the depredation by sperm whales and killer whales on fisheries in the Crozet  and Kerguelen area that he and Paul Tixier have been doing over the last 10 years.

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08 Apr 2015
Biology Management Group

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Room 4.14, BMS: 9:30 AM, 08 Apr 2015
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