Biological Sciences

MPhil/PhD research in Biological Sciences spans all biological levels, from molecular analyses to ecosystem study.

Enquiries should be directed to Marieke Bloemink .

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Asma Ahmed

  • Process development for production of biofuels and value added products from biomass
  • Growth and characterisation of non-pathogenic biofilms
  • Bioremediation of industrial and agricultural residues

Dr David Andrews:

  • applied optics, in particular laser Doppler velocimetry, and holographic intereferometry as applied to biological measurements
  • educational research in physics, especially developing novel practicals
  • computer modelling.

Dr Emilia Bertolo-Pardo:

  • synthesis of fluorescence chemosensors with potential environmental or medical applications
  • extraction and purification of plant lectins which could potentially be used to protect plants against the action of pests and diseases.
  • educational research in chemistry and science disciplines, especially using technology to enhance the student learning experience of science, and enhancing the teaching-research nexus in the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr Marieke Bloemink:

  • molecular mechanism of muscle contraction in health and disease
  • metal ions in biological systems
  • enzymology and reaction kinetics.

Dr Phil Buckley:

  • ecology of invasive species
  • ecology of rare and endangered species
  • interrogation of archive multivariate datasets.

Dr Joe Burman:

  • identification and implementation of insect pheromones for monitoring rare and endangered species
  • landscape ecology and habitat fragmentation of woodland and grassland habitats
  • biological pest control of scale insect pests in glasshouse environments.

Dr Lee Byrne:

  • understanding how proteins work at the molecular level
  • how a protein's three dimensional structure can affect cellular functions
  • investigating the dynamic motions inherent within proteins using NMR spectroscopy and protein-protein interactions in yeast and plant systems.

Dr Alec Forsyth:

  • Genetics underpinning plant pathogen interactions: viral, bacterial and fungal diseases.
  • Plant secondary metabolites and genetic, biochemical and physical responses of plants to attack by pathogens.
  • Plant tissue culture: overexpression of compounds and regeneration of disease free material.

Dr Katie Fowler:

  • Non-human animal embryology including oocyte and embryo cryopreservation
  • Vitrification Application of time-lapse technology in embryology
  • Comparative genomics

Dr Chris Harvey:

  • biology and ecology of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi
  • biological control using entomopathogens: increasing efficacy and evaluating risk
  • insect behaviour and species interactions, including between insects and plants.

Dr Simon Harvey:

  • quantitative genetics of complex traits
  • genotype by environment interactions
  • maternal effects in free-living and parasitic nematodes.

Dr Kristofer Leslie:

  • structural biology and biochemistry of microtubule binding proteins
  • molecular dynamics and computational biology of macromolecular systems
  • interaction of potential therapeutic agents with the microtubule and binding partners.

Dr Athina Mylona:

  • Signalling pathways and transcription factors that regulate embryonic stem cell differentiation 
  • Mesoderm formation and neural development in the mammalian embryo
  • Long range chromatin interactions in transcription regulation

Dr Naomi Rintoul:

  • interactions at the plant-soil-root interface
  • heavy metal contamination in soils
  • effects of elevated ozone on grasslands.

Dr Naeem Syed:

  • genetics and epigentics of heterosis in plants
  • role of alternative splicing in abiotic stress tolerance (drought, flooding)
  • circadian clock mediated stress responses of plants to abiotic stresses.

Dr Rodrigo Vega:

  • population and landscape genetics of small mammals in fragmented habitats
  • phylogeography and post-glacial colonisation routes in Europe
  • biogeography and conservation biology of small mammals.

Dr Cornelia Wilson:

  • Exosome biogenesis and their role in cancer microenvironment control
  • ​Molecular pathways of protein degradation in cancer and neurodegeneration
  • ​Protein quality control- the synthesis and role of N-linked sugars

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

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