Dr Graham Askew and graduate student Thomas Neil went on a mission to understand better how this shellfish moves.
John Hardy is a Leeds graduate and a world-leading researcher in Alzheimer's disease.
Scientists have identified part of the molecular mechanism that gives a long-lived bat species its extraordinary lifespan compared to other animals.
University of Leeds scientists are looking back in time at previously discarded chemical compounds, to see if any could be developed for new antibiotics.
Research led by neuroscientist Professor Nikita Gamper has been included in Discover magazine’s 100 top stories of 2017.
An international competition to estimate the diversity of plants across the whole of Britain has shown that mathematical modelling techniques are ‘coming of age’.
Research by Dr Isuru Jayasinghe and colleagues hopes to harness a new imaging technique.
Research led by Dr Katie Field explores how fungi helped oxygenate the early earth.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 has placed Leeds in the top 100 for life sciences.
One of our Masters students was a part of the research team who captured this amazing moment.
Research at Leeds investigates the impact of icebreakers on Caspian seal pup development.
New research led by Dr Eleftheria Pervolaraki has identified the critical time for heart development.
The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society is hosting a talk by Prof. Eric Blair on "The science of three-person babies" on Thursday 19 October at 7.30 pm in University House. The lecture is open to all, free and does not require a ticket. Tea and bi
Short bouts of interval exercise may be most beneficial for older women at increased risk of heart-related illness, according to new University of Leeds research.
A research team led by Prof Dave Rowlands has developed a groundbreaking vaccine against poliovirus using plants.
The award honours the Society’s distinguished members who demonstrated excellence in science.
The EPSRC-funded PoPPI project aims to deepen understanding of interactions between proteins, and involves the Universities of Leeds and Bristol, along with a number of industrial partners.
Two significant research projects have been awarded £16million to build resilience in African businesses and communities as part of the University’s commitment to tackling the world's greatest issues.
A Nature-published paper linking the loss of wild flowers with pollinator decline has won the 2017 RSPB Award for a scientific paper of high conservation importance.
Food@Leeds member Prof Tim Benton's contribution includes an interactive infographic on land-use challenges.
Scientists have developed a new biological tool for examining molecules – the building blocks of life. It could provide new insights and benefits such as reducing numbers of animals used in research.
A major new insight into how Hepatitis B Virus works could pave the way for new drug treatments for the infection which is the major cause of liver cancer worldwide.
Scientists have uncovered why the Zika virus may specifically target neural stem cells in the developing brain, potentially leading to microcephaly.
Sports science at Leeds has been ranked 1st amongst the Russell Group universities and 3rd in the UK by the Guardians University League Table.
Biopharma and food businesses working with proteins now have access to better information about how a type of fluid flow used in manufacturing processes can affect the quality of their products.
A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility launches this week, named after its most successful sporting alumni.
A former MSc student of the Faculty of Biological Sciences has helped the Yorkshire Dales National Park with its tree planting strategy.
Leeds has achieved some of its highest ever scores in the latest International Student Barometer survey.
The body’s peripheral nervous system could be capable of interpreting its environment and modulating pain, neuroscientists have established, after studying how rodents reacted to stimulation.
Leeds has been voted in the top five universities in the UK in the new Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey.
Urgent action to reduce sea temperatures is needed, as 2015-2016 saw record highs that triggered significant coral bleaching across the tropics and the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
Our Link to Leeds ambassadors are available online to share their experience with international students and offer holders.
Leeds Festival of Science is back, offering a range of events from songs about science to a chance to have a go at keyhole surgery.
A research team led by Professor Anne Forster have been awarded a £3Million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant for Applied Research.
We are proud to announce that Dr John Lydon, a long-time member of FBS, has been awarded the prestigious George Gray Medal from the British Liquid Crystal Society.
Scientists at the Universities of Leeds, York and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking what researchers have called the ‘Enigma code’ of the common cold virus.
Over 50,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber carry a faulty gene putting them at high risk of developing heart disease or sudden death, according to new estimates by the British Heart Foundation.
New report authored by Professor Tim Benton of FBS calls for the UK to be more self-sufficient in food production, in the wake of continued global uncertainty and reliance on food produced elsewhere in the world.
A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility is to be named after its most successful alumni athletes, Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
Scientists have identified new ways to provide vaccines against polio, which do not require the growth of live virus for their manufacture.
The results of a £17million investment in advanced biological research equipment will be unveiled at the University of Leeds later this week, when the Astbury BioStructure Laboratory is officially launched.
The global food system needs to be made more equitable and sustainable, according to a University expert who is lobbying senior politicians and business figures this week.
Professor Alex Breeze of the Faculty of Biological Sciences has received significant funding for key pancreatic cancer research.
Students at the University of Leeds are now the fifth most targeted in the UK by leading employers.
Dr Eleftheria Pervolaraki from the Faculty of Biological Sciences is working on the development of the human heart during pregnancy.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences now sits at the very top of the employability rankings amongst the UK’s elite universities.
MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and a consortium of Leeds, Cambridge, Manchester and Sheffield universities has secured a Collaborative Training Partnership, structured as 12 PhD studentships.
Yorkshire will soon become one of the best places in Europe for pig research, thanks to significant investment from the University of Leeds and the Government.
Strengthened relationships and shared approaches to global challenges between top universities in the UK and China are the focus of high-level meetings in Shanghai this week.
In the last 60 years mankind has come to rely on the wonder-cure of antibiotics to solve a multitude of ills by inhibiting disease-causing bacteria and curing potentially fatal infections.
Professor Michelle Peckham is the elected Vice President of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and, in 2016, assumes the Presidency.
Research funding doubles in the Faculty of Biological Sciences and grows by almost a quarter at the University of Leeds despite a significant drop in grant money in 2015/16 for the UK’s six research councils.
A new approach has been developed to combat diseases caused by herpesvirus infections, including everything from cold sores to cancer.
Improved understanding of the way hundreds of different types of disease-causing bacteria operate could help pave the way to tackling their effects, according to leading scientists.
Meeting on next generation DNA sequencing (NGS) and genomics in health, agricultural, ecological and environmental applications in Kazakhstan.
The University of Leeds welcomed a delegation from MD Anderson Cancer Center from the University of Texas on 23rd August.
Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee confirmed their status as the sport’s pre-eminent stars on the roads of Rio yesterday, claiming gold and silver in a highly convincing Olympic win.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences has seen yet another impressive set of results in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS).
We're incredibly proud to support #WeAreInternational, celebrating our diversity
The first ever satellite tracking study of one the world’s endangered seal species has revealed new information about their migration habits and hunting patterns.
China’s Ambassador to the UK was shown a wealth of world-leading University of Leeds research and culture on his first visit to the city.
A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way for new pain control methods.
47 world leading UK researchers have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr Maria Beger, joining the Faculty of Biological Sciences as a University Academic Fellow in September, is recognised for ground-breaking findings in marine conservation.
A UK research team has discovered that a cell's protective layer acts like a turnstile, allowing proteins to be exported while preventing them from moving back in.
PhD Researcher Liz Morgan stars in BBC's Springwatch talking about her research into the foraging habits of Shags . Feature starts from 35.55
University of Leeds students and graduates claimed every place in TeamGB’s Olympic Triathlon men’s squad, which was officially announced at the city’s Civic Hall this morning.
The University of Leeds has been awarded £3.8m to accelerate the development of infection diagnostics tools that are urgently required to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics.
Large animals play a key role in mitigating climate change in tropical forests by spreading the seeds of large trees that have a high capacity to store carbon, new research has found.
In a ceremony held in London last night the Faculty of Biological Sciences was formally awarded 22 Advanced Accreditations by the Royal Society of Biology for their undergraduate bioscience degree programmes.
Professor Keith Hamer stars in BBC's Countryfile talking about his research into the effects of offshore wind farms on Gannets. Feature starts from 6.40
Scientists from the University of Leeds have solved a 25-year-old question about how a family of proteins allow bacteria to resist the effects of certain antibiotics.
A group of drugs already in everyday use to treat psychosis or depression may also be used to defeat deadly and emerging viruses.
The University is one of 10 institutions shortlisted for the Excellence with Impact (EwI) competition run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Returning for its 11th year, the Leeds Festival of Science will feature stand-up comedy, engaging debates and a world-record colouring challenge.
Professor Tim Benton (Biological Sciences) the growing demand for cocoa creating a potential “choc-apocalypse”.
The family tree of the largest group of mammals—those that nourish their young with placentas—divided later than scientists previously thought, according to a new study.
Scientists at the University of Leeds will run the equivalent of password cracking software to find the chemical keys to defeating the Ebola virus.
The first ever Britain-wide assessment of the value of wild flowers as food for pollinators shows that decreasing resources mirror the decline of pollinating insects.
On Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December, the Faculty played host to 137 scientists from around the world who gathered to commemorate the life and work of Prof Steve Baldwin.
Scientists have developed an innovative way of using one of the biggest problems facing health services—antibiotic resistance—to develop drugs to combat some of the most intractable diseases.
University of Leeds ecologist Dr Ute Bradter has scooped three prizes in this year’s British Ecological Society photographic competition.
New research into how a plant virus assembles could lay the groundwork for future use to carry drugs into the human body.
Alistair Brownlee MBE, Olympic and World Champion triathlete and Leeds alumnus (BSc Sports Science & Physiology 2009), has officially opened a new exercise science research facility at the University.
Professor Jurgen Denecke (Faculty of Biological Sciences) writes for The Conversation about genetic modification and genetic engineering in crops.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects how individuals control their muscles and movements. It is usually caused by injury to the brain before, during or after birth.
Scientists behind new research into the effects of transport infrastructure on biodiversity have developed much-needed approaches to protect wildlife.
Professor White’s group’s observations on rats suggest that appropriate exercise regimes may be useful in the treatment of pulmonary artery hypertension.
A mother from Grantham says a vaccine designed to prevent her daughter getting cervical cancer has led to the teenager developing a neurological condition.
For most people diseases and parasites are only seen as something to be eradicated because of their negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of humans, or agricultural and wild species.
The first images of motor proteins in action are published in the journal Nature Communications today.
Dr Simon Goodman wins the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Award for the Medicine and Biological Science Category - Biosecurity and sustainable tourism in the Galapagos Islands.
Dr Alex O'Neil has been featured as an award winner for his research 'Silent antibiotic resistence genes:an overlooked issue of considerable importance in antibacterial chemotherapy' in the Times Higher Education publication
A pioneering digital musician is following in the footsteps of physicist Brian Cox by being chosen to give a public lecture at the British Science Festival in Bradford (7-10 September).
Dr Alex McLean
Intensive agriculture is taking a toll on bats in the Western Ghats of India, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, but shade-grown coffee, remnant rainforest patches and riverine vegetation strips may help struggling species hang on.
Professor Tim Benton (biology), from University of Leeds has conducted research that suggests climate change and a rising demand in food from a high population could cause a frightening situation.
Researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by altering a single gene and as a result the mice were also less likely to feel anxiety or recall fear.
Cancer can be caused solely by protein imbalances within cells, a study of ovarian cancer has found.
Ewan Fowler and Sabine Lotteau from the Cardiovascular, Sport and Exercise Sciences group (School of Biomedical Sciences) have been awarded the Physiological Society’s Oral Communication Prizes
Aging damselflies never lose their libidos and are just as likely as younger competitors to mate.
Are you one of the 250 Great Minds we are looking for?
Two University of Leeds academics have received a prestigious teaching award, a National Teaching Fellowship.
Researchers in the U.K. aim for a new commercial potato that resists many of the worst vulnerabilities of potato crops around the world.
The new facility will provide the University's internationally renowned Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology with instruments for Electron Microscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance that are competitive with the very best in the world.
Dr Dan Saleh and Dr Andrea Utley win one of the most prestigious surgical prizes with their jointly developed Yorkshire Micro Forcep.
A FIELD trial which is intended to lead to improved productivity in the British pig industry is being led by a group of academics in West Yorkshire.
Plants are essential for life, providing everything, from food to energy, clothing and life-saving drugs.
A research team led by Professors Alison Ashcroft and Sheena Radford joins an illustrious list of winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Rita and John Cornforth Award.
University of Leeds researchers are playing a key role in an international collaboration to develop new, eco-friendly pesticides.
When it comes to invasive species in the United Kingdom, a few ounces of hot water may be worth nearly £2 billion in annual management costs, according to a new study.
Parasites can play an important role in driving cannibalism, according to a new study.
Female fruit flies may be more likely to reject the sperm of mates that are inferior, an international research team has found.
Three University of Leeds academics have been honoured with a Medical Research Council (MRC) Suffrage Award.
Four University of Leeds researchers have volunteered to fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
Researchers have cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio.
FBS Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims—and are now searching for drugs to block it.
University ranked in 10th place for research and impact power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Ranked 1st in the UK for 'World Leading' 4* research in 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Professor Anthony Turner has received a prestigious honorary doctorate from the Comenius University in Bratislava, the oldest and largest university in Slovakia.
Researchers at the University of Leeds have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits.
Researchers at the University of Leeds have made a new synthetic anti-cancer molecule that targets two key mechanisms in the spread of malignant tumours through the body.
A bat species thought to be restricted to temperate forests has been found living in the sweltering heat of the southern Indian rainforest
New article published in PLOS ONE by Dr Sarah Calaghan and co-workers
The universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield have been chosen to help spearhead the training of the next generation of biological scientists
New article published in PLOS ONE Journal by Prof Stuart Egginton - Platelets and angiogenesis: a differential effect
Congratulations to Katie Musialowski, BSc Pharmacology (International), who has been awarded the BSc Pharmacology Prize 2014 by the British Pharmacological Society.
Leeds University alumnus Dr Nicholas Lydon, FRS, will visit the University on Monday 29 September to deliver a guest lecture.
Healthy Brains at Leeds: Demystifying Dementia event
Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered.
Congratulations to Leeds alumni Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who won a gold and silver medal respectively in the Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
HRH the Countess of Wessex visited researchers from the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE), University of Leeds at the Great Yorkshire Show recently.
World-leading biophysicist to head Biological Sciences at Leeds
Tiny differences in mice that make them peculiarly resistant to a family of conditions that includes Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may provide clues for treatments in humans.
A University of Leeds academic has shed important new light on the fascinating story of a pioneer whose contribution to one of science's biggest discoveries has long been overlooked.
A pioneering database at the University of Leeds will help match patients with certain types of blood cancers to the best treatments.
Researchers looking at ways to improve government physical activity guidelines and tackle Britain's fitness crisis are calling for volunteers to take part in a new study.
Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be "hitchhiking" around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit, according to a new study.
The notoriously short fuses of some sports coaches could be explained by excessive concern with how they will be seen by others, according to new research.
A new study has solved a long-standing puzzle of how common viruses reproduce themselves during an infection, opening up new possibilities for treating a range of diseases from HIV to the common cold.
Tropical agriculture is expanding rapidly at the expense of forest, driving a global extinction crisis.
Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a new technology that could form the basis of a simple blood test for Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers have identified a resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine, a disinfectant commonly used in wipes, cleansers and mouthwashes in hospitals.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the development of the microscope. With Michelle Peckham Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Leeds
Everyone knows that we eat too much - we're bombarded with warnings about the obesity epidemic every day. But all those extra calories are not only a threat to our waistlines; they're a threat to global security as well.
Scientists have misunderstood one of the most fundamental processes in the life of plants because they have been looking at the wrong flower, according to University of Leeds researchers.
Sustainable intensification - the policy of increasing food production from existing farmland without further harming the environment - is feasible on commercial British farms, according to a new study.
Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study.
A faculty-led study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, overturns the common assumption that evolution only occurs gradually over hundreds or thousands of years.
The University of Leeds is leading a £5.7 million, government-backed initiative to transform the way replacement joints and other medical implants are made.
The walls of the human heart are a disorganised jumble of tissue until relatively late in pregnancy despite having the shape of a fully functioning heart, according to a pioneering study.
Natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer's disease pathway, according to new faculty research.
Elite youth footballers are at risk of burnout before they leave school because of the perfectionist standards some feel coaches, parents and team members demand of them.
For the tiny Daubenton's bat, the attractions of family life seem to vary more with altitude than with the allure of the opposite sex.
Faculty scientists will take part in a £5.6 million project to develop new methods for controlling foot-and-mouth disease.
A drug commonly used in treating breast cancer could have far wider benefits, offering a new way of preventing cancers spreading through the body, according to a University of Leeds-led study.
Faculty researchers have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.
Research has found that prion helps our brains to absorb zinc, which is believed to be crucial to our ability to learn and the wellbeing of our memory.
Research has identified two possible new routes for developing novel drugs for high blood pressure and heart disease.
Potential new treatments for heart disease and infections by parasites or bacteria are now in the pipeline thanks to a €12m European project.
A larger-scale approach to sustainable farming could be more beneficial for wildlife than our current system of farm-based payments, according to faculty researchers
A report showing that 350,000 people in the UK become infected with the Toxoplasma parasite each year has raised new concerns about its risks and has prompted a rethink of the dangers posed by cats.
Analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms.
A University of Leeds led international research team has found that a common anti-angina drug could help protect the heart against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Seabirds feed their young less as they reach an age to fly the nest, but it's hormones that actually control when the chicks leave home.
Wire bridges built to guide bats safely across busy roads simply do not work, University of Leeds researchers have confirmed.
Faculty researchers investigate ways to improve the future for this drought-hardy, nutritious crop.
University of Leeds takes Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with its first exhibit at the prestigious event
Friday, May 18, 2012 is the "The First International Fascination of Plants Day". Join the Faculty of Biological Sciences researchers at the LIGHT Shopping Centre from 12-5
The University will visit one of the world's most famous flower shows next week to show how simple changes can make a positive contribution to the planet.
Researchers are developing a way to 'barcode' viral diseases to test new outbreaks for potentially lethal mutations.
The discovery of a new mechanism through which pain is signalled by nerve cells could explain the current failings in the painkiller development process and may offer opportunities for a new approach.
Three Leeds researchers have been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Scientists take 'bee-friendly gardening' on the road as they prepare to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show
Researchers are studying how to make electricity from electrodes coated in bacteria, and other living cells, using light or hydrogen as the fuel
Dr Jamel Mankouri has received the fellowship for his work on how viruses interact with the body.
A three year £1.3 million research project will examine how bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects are affected by city life.
A University garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show highlights how messy gardens can boost pollination, manage water and increase carbon capture.
Aggressive signal crayfish are threatening Yorkshire's native white-clawed crayfish populations due to better parasite resistance and a less fussy diet.
Faculty scientists have developed a technique which could form the basis of a non-invasive diagnostic for Adenovirus - the virus responsible for a large number of common illnesses.
A new study, using genetic analysis to look for clues about human migration over 60,000 years ago, suggests that the first modern humans settled in Arabia on their way from the Horn of Africa to the rest of the world.
A successful collaboration between the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York has attracted £6 million to create a joint Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in mechanistic biology.
Two academics from the Faculty of Biological Sciences have been shortlisted for the Bioscience HE Teacher of the Year award.
Faculty researchers aim to pin-point genetic defects involved in the development of schizophrenia within families.
Scientists have discovered a mechanism they believe may play a key role in the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in animals.
Male fig wasps display a unique behaviour - they team up to help pregnant females, regardless of whether they have mated themselves.
Longer-lasting hip joints, replacement heart valves and knee reconstructions - technologies all developed at the University of Leeds - have won the Royal seal of approval.
Infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 per cent of the UK's population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain.
A new study by faculty researchers is the first to prove that major roads significantly reduce bat numbers, activity and diversity.
Doctors should not only treat the heart muscle in chronic heart failure patients, but also their leg muscles through exercise
Researchers have identified two new drugs which may be effective in treating bipolar disorder.
Faculty scientists have discovered levels of a specific enzyme are raised in the brains and blood of people with Alzheimer's disease. It's hoped their findings could be used to help clinical trials for new treatments for the disease.
Professor Mark Harris, from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has been appointed as a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, with £1.5 million funding to pursue his research goals.
Studies of ant populations in Borneo reveal an unexpected resilience to areas of rainforest degraded by repeated intensive logging.
Renewed vigilance over the biosecurity of the Galápagos Islands is needed, based on new research on the risk posed by West Nile virus.
The Global Food Security programme (GFS) has appointed FBS academic Tim Benton as Champion to take on the key role of coordinator and spokesperson for the group.
A molecule which can stop the formation of long protein strands, known as amyloid fibrils, that cause joint pain in kidney dialysis patients has been identified by faculty researchers.
A group of soldiers recovering from serious injury as a result of their service in Afghanistan are to take part in a psychological study as they hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
New research looks at how bees and other pollinating insects respond to urban areas.
Professor Christine Foyer has been named as a 'Redox Pioneer' by the US journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling (ARS) in recognition of achieving more than 1000 citations for a paper on redox biology.
The French may have had a better chance at the Battle of Agincourt had they not been weighed down by heavy body armour, say researchers.
A faculty PhD student has developed a fast, accurate and inexpensive method of creating detailed vegetation community maps over very large areas.
Researchers and clinicians in Yorkshire have teamed up to improve rehabilitation programmes for people who have suffered severe spinal injuries.
The Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards recognise the diverse contributions of women as leaders, innovators and role models.
Faculty scientists will look into how lethal viruses attack differently sized populations in research that may open the door to new pest controls.
Faculty researchers are gaining insight into how the heart, lungs, and muscles work together to affect endurance.
Animal and bird species found only on a single island should still be common within that island.
The conference will be held in June and organised by an interdisciplinary team.
Scientists have made a fundamental step in the search for therapies for amyloid-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes mellitus.
Faculty scientists are joining the global fight to eradicate polio by tricking the body to develop immunity.
Leeds scientist William Astbury appears in the Guardian and the BBC's History of the world in 100 Objects.
The latest findings from faculty biologists open up exciting new avenues for research into Alzheimer's.
A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion (Centruroides margaritatus) could hold the key to reducing heart bypass failures.
Faculty plant scientists have traced how a 100 million year-old gene mutation led flowers to make male and female parts differently.
Scientists at the University of Leeds have begun a major study into the way Alzheimer's disease develops.
Two faculty PhD students have snapped up top prizes in this year's British Ecological Society photographic competition.
University researchers have been working on ways of producing biological scaffolds that will not be rejected by a patient's immune system.
Faculty scientists have created the first convincing robotic fish that shoals will accept as one of their own.
Leeds scientists have been awarded nearly £1.5m to explore the causes and consequences of threats to bees and other pollinating insects in the UK.
Recent findings provide a new focus for future therapies for Dent's disease, for which there is currently no cure.
Common drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes and obesity could be used to successfully treat hepatitis C virus infection.
A new study finds that Clostridium difficile, a germ that causes deadly intestinal infections, can also travel by air.
40 of the UK's leading medical researchers have been recognised for excellence in medical science.
A natural defence mechanism against heart disease could be switched on by steroids sold as health supplements.
Faculty research has identified how the virus which causes Kaposi’s Sarcoma replicates and spreads.
Our personal tutors were recognised for their dedication, hard work and support at the 'I Love My Personal Tutor' Awards recently.
A type of bat never seen before in the UK has been found visiting caves in Yorkshire and Sussex.
Riding a bike like Chris Hoy, cleaning up with Aggie Mackenzie or firing rockets across campus: just a few of the 50 science activities at the Leeds Festival of Science for Yorkshire school children.
The "Spectacled Flowerpecker", a bird species new to science, has been discovered in the Bornean rainforest.
They may only be 1.5mm in size, but the tiny wasps that pollinate fig trees can travel over 160km in less than 48 hours. The fig wasps are transporting pollen ten times further than previously recorded for any insect.
Logged rainforests can support as much diversity in birds as virgin forest within 15 years if properly managed, research at the University of Leeds has found.
Two University of Leeds students have triumphed in a national enterprise competition.
A £50 million research initiative, aimed at giving people '50 active years after 50' is being launched by the University of Leeds.
New NERC grant to study honeybees' sex lives
University of Leeds ecologist and PhD student Ute Bradter has snapped up first prize - worth Â£750 - in this year's British Ecological Society's photographic competition.
Mosquitoes with the potential to carry diseases lethal to many unique species of Galapagos wildlife are being regularly introduced to the islands via aircraft, according to new research published today.
Scientists at the University of Leeds have been awarded £184,000 by the British Heart Foundation to continue efforts to find a cure for heart disease.
Scientists at Leeds and Bradford have discovered a unique 'DNA signature' in human sperm, which may act as a key that unlocks an egg's fertility and triggers new life.
A major University of Leeds initiative has joined forces with two leading African scientific organisations and is working to improve human health and prevent future food crises in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Adrian Whitehouse has been selected as one of only 16 bioscience researchers across the UK to receive a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) fellowship.
Scientists are to study a group of proteins that are highly effective at killing bacteria and which could hold the key to developing new types of antibiotics.
Milder winters are causing Scotland's wild breed of Soay sheep to get smaller, according to new research at the University of Leeds
Dr Mathias Dutschmann (IMSB, Senior Lecturer) has been appointed to serve on the Scientific Review Board (SRB) of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) for a three year term.
Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences has consolidated its place amongst the UK elite according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) figures.
Dr Stan White has been appointed to the Grants and Fellowships committees of Kidney Research UK (KRUK). Kidney Research UK is the leading UK charity funding research that focuses on the prevention, treatment and management of kidney disease.
The audience at today's 'Celebrating the Games' lecture heard from Dr Ed Coats how he and his teamates - James Cracknell and Ben Fogle - are preparing to test this limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable continent on earth: the Antarctic.
Dr Bill Hughes of the University of Leeds'Faculty of Biological Sciences has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Zoology. These prizes, worth £70,000, are awarded to scholars under the age of 36 who are judged to be outstanding in their field.
England?s top rugby league players are being exposed to an Australian-style climate at the University of Leeds ahead of this month?s forthcoming Rugby League World Cup 2008, which kicks off on 25 October.
Bioscience Horizons, the Leeds-sponsored journal showcasing the best undergraduate bioscience research has been awarded a Highly Commended certificate by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) for publishing innovation.
One of the smallest seals - the Caspian - has joined a growing list of mammal species in danger of extinction.
Testing for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis could soon be as simple as using a pregnancy testing kit.
A study has proved that red squirrels can and do make use of special crossings set up over busy roads.
Scientists at the University of Leeds are on the look out for willing volunteers who could provide a home for a dying breed of aquatic invertebrates.
A new course to help lawyers tackle difficult decisions about when and how to challenge DNA evidence presented in the courtroom is being launched at the University of Leeds.
The UK-China Membrane Biology Initiative led by the University of Leeds recently celebrated its first birthday by successfully hosting the 2nd international symposium on "Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience" at the University of Leeds
Leeds Alumnus Peter Hudson has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Peter is now Willaman Chair in Biology, Director of Life Sciences, at our WUN partner Pennsylvania State University
The University of Leeds Transformation Fund will bring together researchers from medicine, plant science, ecology, social policy and the environment to focus on preventing future food crises in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This week sees the launch of Bioscience Horizons, a unique peer-reviewed journal comprising entirely of the very best undergraduate bioscience research in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
A new 15 million Euro project led by the University of Leeds aims to find novel treatments for many human diseases by bringing together the leading European experts in membrane proteins.
A tiny pest that threatens the staple diet of millions in Africa could soon be eradicated in a project announced today that brings together plant experts from Leeds and Uganda.
Expertise from across the University of Leeds is to be channelled into a new research centre that aims to progress the understanding, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
The full weight of a consortium of world-leading scientists - including those who helped decode the entire human genome - is being thrown at the potato worm.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur has hosted a visit from members of Zhejiang University, one of the largest and most highly-regarded universities in China.
The annual Crisp Lecture in Neuroscience or Neurology was delivered on 29th October 2007 by John Hardy, Professor of Neuroscience at University College London.
One of the UK's most successful academic entrepreneurs has teamed up with the University of Leeds to offer outsourced research and development in membrane biology to pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical companies.
Back pain is Britain's leading cause of time off work, with an estimated eight out of 10 people suffering at some point in their lives.
A scientist at Leeds whose research is challenging conventional thinking on how the cholesterol-reducing drugs statins benefit cardiac patients, has secured funding to further investigate her findings.
The onset of a new Leeds-China collaborative initiative in membrane and neurobiology was marked by a joint symposium on 'Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience', held at Beijing (Peking) University between May 18th and 20th, 2007
The Skin Research Centre at the University of Leeds, which has led the way in the treatment of acne, eczema and other skin conditions, is the only University skin microbiology laboratory in the UK to receive the international quality standard ISO 17025.
Stan has been invited to give a symposium lecture at the Renal Association Annual Conference in Brighton May 21st-23rd.
The Institute held its First Research Symposium on 27th February, which had research talks and poster presentations by institute members
Researchers at the University of Leeds have found a mechanism to prevent a potentially fatal heart condition that can strike without warning.
American Physiology Society Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section Honor Award for 2008
Stefan Kepinski has been awarded the Society for Experimental Biology President's Medal for Plant Biology for 2007
Dr. Chris Baylis has been named the 2007 Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological Society Renal Section.
Professor Brian Whipp (Cardiovascular and SES) has been named as the American College of Chest Physicians: Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecturer 2007.
A special symposium was held on Monday 5th of March to mark the establishment of the first virtual-laboratory between Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Beijing) and the Centre for Plant Sciences.
The IMSB will be celebrating its official opening with an inaugural symposium on Tuesday 27th Feb.
There will soon be no more bitter pills to swallow, thanks to new research by Leeds scientists: a spoonful of sugar will be all we need for our bodies to make their own medicine.
Dr Sue Deuchars (IMSB) was featured in an article from the Times Higher Education Supplement (Jan 12, 2006) discussing the role of Research Fellows and the public understanding of science.
Life-saving surgery using novel human tissue products developed in the University of Leeds moved a step nearer today.
The Amit Mehta prize will 'recognise students who have shown determination, resilience and humour in overcoming adversity and disability'.
Leeds scientists are starting the search for a new weapon in the fight against foot and mouth disease (FMD).
A University of Leeds team mows away to win the Bioscience Young Entrepreneurs Scheme 2006.
Dr Ian Wood (IMSB) has been appointed to the Genes Theme Panels for the Biochemical Society.
Dr Jonathan Wood (Leeds 2002) won the coveted FameLab, a national competition run by Channel 4 and The Telegraph to find the science communicators of the future.
Professor Jens Krause (IICB) has just published a new book entitled Fish Cognition and Behavior.
Dr Mohamed Dawo, from the Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, has been invited to the International Council for Science to review issues relating to Africa.
Stephen Gilbert, a 1st year PhD student in the IMSB, was interviewed for a feature about his work on computational modelling of the heart.
One of the Featured Presentations for the Ion Channels session of Discovery on Target 2006 will be from Professor David Beech, IMSB Research Director.
Work by Dr Simon Goodman on the ecology of the Galapagos Archipelagos is featured in a news article in Science
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the largest investor in research for the Faculty, awarding a total of 25 grants to the value of £4.82 million for the academic year 2005-2006.
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology: The Proteolysis Research Group led by Professor Nigel Hooper has had several publications accepted this summer.
A historic agreement has been signed in Beijing by Faculty's Pro-Dean of Research Professor Phil Gilmartin and his Chinese counterpart Professor Yongbiao Xue to setup the first virtual laboratory between Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Postdocs from the Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology attended the first ever PostDoc Away Day, an initiative setup to give postdocs the opportunity to meet each other, present their research and share ideas.
Mary Phillips-Jones (Astbury Centre) is the organiser of a symposium entitled "Imaging microbial systems: from whole micro-organism to single molecules" at the September meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.
Michael Walker has won third prize for his talk at the recent Integrative Physiology Post-Graduate Conference
3 PhD students from Leeds presented posters at SET for Bioscience in the House of Commons.
Simon Goodman has been awarded two Darwin Initiative grants.
Dr Harry Rossiter will be co-chairing a symposium with Dr Russell Hepple at the 2006 Experimental Biology Annual Conference
Sandra Jones was invited to give a talk at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dr Harry Rossiter and Dr Stephen garland of The English Institute of Sport comment on race strategy for the Oxford, Cambridge Boat Race
Sue Ward and Brian Whipp are co-organisers of the European Respiratory Society School Course
Alison Dunn was part of a successful National Science Foundation application.
Alison Dunn and her colleagues have had their work on Microsporidia featured in Planet Earth, NERC's quarterly magazine
Emeritus Professor Mike Forbes had edited a new book on ruminant digestion and metabolism.
Stephen Compton has just had a small parasitic wasp named after him.
CRISTAL hosted the annual meeting of the Northern Cardiovascular Research Group.
Robert Ker was Keynote Speaker at the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues
Dr Harry Rossiter has been awarded Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine
Tim Benton, Steve Sait and Bill Kunin have received funding from Rural Economy and Land Use.
Martin Richards recently talked to BBC Radio 4's Analysis.
Simon Goodman has been awarded a grant of US$90,000 from Agip-KCO.
Professor Sue Ward has recently been appointed to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Panel of Advisors
Joanne Tipper has been invited to join the EPSRC peer review college (2006?2009).
Jens Krause and Darren Croft have recently signed a new book contract ..
Simon Goodman recently gave an invited presentation at the 22nd Symposium of the Society of Population Ecology
Nigel Hooper has been appointed to the MRC New Investigator Award panel.
Dave Westhead has recently been appointed to serve on the BBSRC?s Biomolecular Sciences (BMS) panel.
Alison Ashcroft sat on the BBSRC?s Research Equipment Initiative Panel in October 2005.
Dennis Wray was an invited speaker and chairman of a session
Paul Knox has been promoted to a chair in Plant Cell Biology with effect from 1 August 2005.
Judith Smith has been promoted to a chair in Parasitology, with effect from 1 August 2005.
The Committee on Readerships has conferred the title and status of Reader upon ...
Mary Phillips-Jones (Structural Biology) and Sreenivasan (Vas) Ponnambalam (Molecular Cell Biology) have both been promoted to Senior Lecturer, with effect from 1 August 2005.
Dr Sue Deuchars has been appointed Academic Fellow in FBS. This position is highly appropriate for Sue?s internationally competitive research portfolio
Jim Deuchars has been appointed Professor of Systems Neuroscience. This promotion reflects the esteem in which Jim is held nationally and internationally, and is also recognition of his excellent work for Leeds.
Congratulations to Sheena Radford in being awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Peptides and Proteins for her "outstanding contributions to the understanding of protein folding mechanisms .."
Review lecture: ?New insights into the pathophysiology of renal control of acid-base balance"
Michelle Peckham has been appointed as the Faculty Director of Research Training. She will have responsibility for generic skills training for PhD students and post docs across the Faculty.
Tony Turner is the first recipient of a new award of the Biochemical Society for distinguished service to biochemistry and to the Society.
David Westhead has been awarded a three year Research Development Fellowship by the BBSRC to continue working in the area of molecular networks in plants and parasites.
Alison Baker has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 12 months on 'Chemical genetics and peroxisome protein traffic'
Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Aadil El-Turabi has recently been awarded a Bioscience Yorkshire Enterprise Fellowship to further his research into Immunisation and was featured in a Yorkshire Post article on 26 April 2005
Professor Miller has demonstrated a weanling pig feed formulation which avoids the use of antibiotics.
Badrilla is working with outstanding academic collaborators to develop new technologies for calibration of immunoassays.
Professor Paul Knox has undertaken research into the structure and function of plant cell walls over a number of years.
Professor Paul Milner has led a team of scientists on a project to develop antibody-based biosensor technologies.