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York ranks second in the UK for Research Environment (RAE2008)

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One of the top in the UK for student satisfaction and 4th overall in the Complete University Guide 2014

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Ranked Top 2 in the UK for excellence in teaching (Guardian University Guide 2014)

Welcome from the Head of Department

‌‌Biology at York welcomes staff and students from around the world. We celebrate excellence, breadth and diversity across the spectrum of modern biology, from ecology to biomedicine. We are proud of our status as one of the UK’s leading university biological sciences departments as measured by our high rankings for both research and teaching.

Professor Ian A Graham

League Table Success

Biological Sciences at York has once again demonstrated its excellence in University League Tables for 2015.  York has been consistently ranked among the top five places to study Biological Sciences in the UK in all major league tables.

‌Supporting Women in science

Athena Swan gold 225‌‎Biology at York holds an Athena SWAN gold award and is the first Biology Department in Britain to have achieved this highest level.

iGEM team (2014-15)

The international Genetically Engineered Machine team (details - iGEM project (MS Word  , 15kb) has a high proportion of female undergraduates.

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Life's ups and downs: the elevator-type mechanism of a bacterial dicarboxylate transporter

12.15PM, M052 Lecture Theatre

Dr Christopher Mulligan, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Washington, USA


Origins and evolution of eukaryotic viruses

11.15AM, B/M052

Dr Eugene V Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA


Convergent synthesis of bioactive glycopeptides and glycoproteins

12.00PM, Biology B/M023

Professor Antony Fairbanks, Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Improving photosynthesis to feed the future

Dr Julian Hibberd will present his research