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Biology at York 1st in UK for Research Impact

  • Research Excellence assessment 2014 has again placed Biology at York in the Top 10 in the UK
  • 1st for impact outside academia - our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health
  • Demonstrates our strengths across the biological sciences: from ecology to biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedical sciences

Excellence in teaching is inspired by world class research with impact

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

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and evolution
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and immunity
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Plant biology 
  Developmental Biology Research Foci
Cell and developmental
Biochemistry And BiophysicsBiochemistry 
and biophysics
Molecular And Cellular Medicine
and cellular medicine
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and mathematical biology
 Cancer Research foci

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)

Independent Research Fellowships

The Department of Biology can offer an attractive support package for holders of independent research fellowships in strategically important areas of research. For further information please see here.  

Recent high profile publications

Morphinan biosynthesis in opium poppy requires a P450-oxidoreductase fusion protein. Thilo Winzer et al. 2015, Science

Monodehydroascorbate reductase mediates TNT toxicity in plants. Emily Johnston et al. 2015, Science

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