School of Biological Sciences


The School of Biological Sciences has an established international reputation for both fundamental and applied research. Combining the expertise from the different disciplines, the researchers at the School co-operate to address some of the key environmental and medical issues that we face in the new century, and to advance our knowledge of biological processes. Over 30 academic staff, more than 60 postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers and undergraduate project students are engaged in the research programmes. The School makes a major contribution to multidisciplinary research across the university, notably the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) and the University of Portsmouth Environmental Network (UPEN).

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Reproduction
  • Biodiversity and Genome Science
  • Invasive species and Biogeography

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Biodiversity and evolution

Epigenetics and Developmental Biology

  • Analysing gene function in development
  • Formation of the early axon scaffold
  • Interaction between vascularisation and axon outgrowth in the developing brain
  • Epigenetics and the role of histone variants

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Epigenetics and Developmental Biology

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring

  • Understanding the changes in environmental processes.
  • Understanding of how humans impact their environment.
  • Research into invasive non-native species.

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Human impact on the environment

Marine Resource Management

  • Human Impact on marine ecosystem
  • Exploitation of the marine environment
  • Marine resource management
  • Fundamental research on marine systems

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Marine resource management

Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • Diversity and function of microbes associated with the GI tract of detrivorous fish.
  • Freshwater phage-host dynamics and ecology.
  • Microorganisms associated with the Mary Rose

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molecular biophysics

  • Nucleic Acid Structure and Gene Regulation
  • Enzyme Structure and Function
  • Protein Structure and Biomedical Science
  • Biophysical Methods

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Molecular Biophysics