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‌‌‌Biology Research

The Department of Biology has a research portfolio that spans ecology to structural biology. The Department’s research has been judged world leading in biochemistry, chronic disease, microbiology, plant biology and ecology and it is competitive internationally in all fields of investigation. With a commitment to interdisciplinary research, our research is arranged in eight foci that use state of the art technology to address three global challenges facing humanity.‌

Global challenges

cellular research

Impacting on health
and disease

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Sustainably providing food and fuel

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‌Science research foci

Ecology and Evolution icon 110c Infection And Immunity icon 110 Microbiology Plant biology icon 110‌‌
and evolution
and immunity
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Developmental Biology Research Foci ‌‌‌Biochemistry And Biophysics ‌‌‌Molecular And Cellular Medicine ‌‌‌Bioinformatics And Biosystems Modelling icon 110
 Cell and developmental
and biophysics
and cellular medicine
and mathematical biology

Underpinning facilities and support

Technology Facility

Impact-oriented multi-disciplinary research centres

Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP)

Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII)

York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI)

Recent high profile publications

Abundance changes and habitat availability drive species’ responses to climate change. Mair et al. 2014, Nature Climate Change

Photosynthetic entrainment of the Arabidopsis thaliana circadian clock. Haydon et al. 2013, Nature

Mono-allelic expression of TMPRSS2/ERG in prostate cancer stem cells. Polson et al. 2013, Nature CommunicationsCOG complexes form spatial landmarks for distinct SNARE complexes. Willet et al. 2013, Nature Communications