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:

21 Apr 2014
PhD Student Lunchtime Chats - Dealing with referees' comments on a paper and dealing with rejection

Dr Luke Rendell ( )
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 21 Apr 2014

These lunchtime chats replace the week-long Science, Media and Communication Skils workshop previously held in June for postgraduate research students.

It is intended that students will have an opportunity to discuss relevant topics introduced and led by a member of staff.

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22 Apr 2014
CBD Seminar: Menopause and intra-genomic conflict

Dr Francisco Ubeda (Royal Holloway)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 22 Apr 2014

Menopause is the transition from reproductive to non-reproductive life well before natural death. Rather than involving a smooth, rapid change, it is normally preceded by a long period of erratic hormonal fluctuations that are accompanied by a plethora of unpleasant symptoms. Here we suggest that this turbulent period owes to a conflict of interest, between a woman’s maternally-inherited and paternally-inherited genes, over the trade-off between personal reproduction and cooperative care of neighbours’ young. We formulate a mathematical model of kin selection in a demographically structured population showing that there is conflict over fertility between genes with different parental origin. We formulate two mathematical models of game theory showing that this conflict is resolved through two alternative gene expression strategies: expression of one copy and silencing of the other (classic genomic imprinting), and random expression of one copy and constant expression of the other (novel form of genomic imprinting). These two forms of conflict resolution help explaining the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. We investigate which of these symptoms are expected to be caused by the maternally-inherited versus the paternally-inherited genes. We show that demographic differences between ancestral human populations may explain the variability in age of onset of menopause, and the variability of symptoms observed among different ethnic groups during the period of time preceding menopause. Our model informs the assessment of a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, suggests epigenetic therapies for preventing breast and ovarian cancers, and provides guidance on family planning based upon a woman’s ancestral background.
 

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25 Apr 2014
Friday Lunchtime Talks - Purdie Lecture Theatre B - 1pm

Lloyd Sayer & Fanny Tran ( )
Lecture Theatre B, Purdie Building: 1:00 PM, 25 Apr 2014
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29 Apr 2014
CBD Seminar: Ecological and evolutionary consequences of host-parasite interactions in red grouse

Prof Stuart Piertney (Aberdeen University)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 29 Apr 2014
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30 Apr 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Title to be announced

Dr Helen Walden (College of Life Sciences, Dundee)
Seminar Room, BSRC: 1:00 PM, 30 Apr 2014
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01 May 2014
Third Annual Biology Research Symposium

Full programme to be announced ( )
Physics Lecture Theatre A and foyer, Other: 9:00 AM, 01 May 2014
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06 May 2014
CBD Seminar: Title TBC

Dr Lesley Lancaster (Aberdeen University)
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 06 May 2014
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07 May 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Title to be announced

Prof. Peter Staheli (University of Freiberg)
Seminar Room, BSRC: 1:00 PM, 07 May 2014
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08 May 2014
SOI seminar: Genetic diversity in salmonid populations: The role of life history diversity and habitat fragmentation

Prof Daniel Ruzzante (Dalhousie University)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 08 May 2014

Atlantic salmon exhibit an anadromous life history where individuals migrate out to sea where they spend a year or longer before returning to their natal grounds to reproduce. Some individuals, however, mature as parr without going out to sea. In this presentation I will describe evidence of the role played by parr maturation in the maintenance of genetic diversity in Atlantic salmon. I will also describe our efforts to understand how habitat fragmentation and the spatial configuration of populations affect the distribution of genetic diversity in fragmented freshwater systems.

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14 May 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Thermostabilisation of G protein coupled receptors for structural studies and drug discovery

Dr Fiona Marshall (Heptares Therapeutics)
Seminar Room, BSRC: 1:00 PM, 14 May 2014
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15 May 2014
SOI seminar: Big plankton and the largest migrations on Earth AND An optimised method for correcting quenched fluorescence yield in the Southern Ocean.

Clare Webster AND Lauren Biermann (University of St Andrews)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 15 May 2014
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19 May 2014
PhD Student Lunchtime Chats - How and why you should review papers for scientific journals

Dr Sue Healy ( )
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 19 May 2014

These lunchtime chats replace the week-long Science, Media and Communication Skils workshop previously held in June for postgraduate research students.

It is intended that students will have an opportunity to discuss relevant topics introduced and led by a member of staff.

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21 May 2014
BSRC Seminar Series: Industrial biocatalysis riding the wave of success

Prof. Tom Moody (Almac, Northern Ireland)
Seminar Room, BSRC: 1:00 PM, 21 May 2014
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22 May 2014
SOI seminar:Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning and Economic Value of Saltmarshes in the Eden Estuary AND TBA.

Kate Wade AND Paul Wensveen (University of St Andrews)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 22 May 2014
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29 May 2014
SOI seminar: TBA AND Vulnerability and Adaptation of Scottish Island Communities to the Impacts of Climate Change.

Amanda Stansbury AND Fiona Cunningham (University of St Andrews)
Gatty Lecture theatre, SOI: 1:00 PM, 29 May 2014
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02 Jun 2014
PhD Student Lunchtime Chats - How to write a press release

Dr Christian Rutz ( )
Lecture Theatre D, Bute: 1:00 PM, 02 Jun 2014

These lunchtime chats replace the week-long Science, Media and Communication Skils workshop previously held in June for postgraduate research students.

It is intended that students will have an opportunity to discuss relevant topics introduced and led by a member of staff.

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