University of Huddersfield Biological Sciences

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Huddersfield Biological Sciences

Biological sciences have been taught in Huddersfield since the 1960s and now covers all branches of the subject.  Courses are modern and stimulating, and research in the Department is rapidly expanding.  Specialist areas include forensic biology, the origins of disease and, uniquely, archaeogenetics.

The Department is headed by Professor Michael Ginger, and includes over 20 academic staff, research fellows and senior research fellows.

Biological Sciences

Strong strategic support from the School of Applied Sciences and the University has led to dramatic growth in research in Biological Sciences over the past seven years, enabling us both to become a distinct Department and to submit for the first time to the REF at the end of 2013.

New state-of-the-art laboratories have been established, with substantial investment in infrastructure, including facilities for flow cytometry, fluorometry, luminometry, real-time PCR and histology, cell culture, forensic biology, molecular genetics analysis, archaeogenetics and ancient DNA research. Moreover, advanced instrumentation shared with colleagues in Chemistry and Physics includes NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, protein crystallography and high performance computing developed in conjunction with the Science and Technology Facilities Council.‌

Our research now includes the study of infectious diseases, molecular carcinogenesis and drug design, the structural biology and biochemistry of food macromolecules, the molecular basis of circadian rhythms, forensic entomology, the origins of animals and transposable elements, the dispersals of modern humans, and the development of new methods for analysing forensic and archaeological DNA. There is a strong interdisciplinary focus, with several staff working at the boundaries between groups or contributing to more than one group; many also work at the interface with groups in Pharmacy, Chemistry and Physics.

Centres and Groups

Evolutionary Genetics Research Group
Evolutionary genetics at Huddersfield includes the work of the Archaeogenetics Research Group and the Eukaryotic Evolution Group, as well as diverse research programmes covering a variety of questions in evolutionary biology.

Forensic Biology Research Group

Forensic Biology Research Group
The Forensic Biology Group (FBG) at the University of Huddersfield is a growing group and is made up of four major complementary strands; each headed up by experienced forensic biologists.

Molecular Medicine Research Group
Research fields in the Molecular Medicine Research Group include the molecular basis of epithelial cancer development, structural basis of pathogenicity of bacteria, structural and functional characterisation of ion channels, investigation of intestinal inflammation, post-mortem redistribution of drugs, growth factor signalling and molecular biology of drug metabolising enzymes

 Carbohydrate Chemistry Group

Glycobiology and Food Science Group
An interdisciplinary team of scientists whose specialist research areas cover most aspects of carbohydrate chemistry and biology.