School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences covers a wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences in both teaching and research. Expertise in the School spans molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and zoology. The School aims to achieve Excellence in Education, both in its own undergraduate science and postgraduate MSc degrees and with the major contributions it makes to professional courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dietetics. The School has a substantial research portfolio and strives to achieve research excellence across this range.














An evolutionarily-unique heterodimeric voltage-gated cation channel found in aphids

Joanna S. Amey, Andrias O. O'Reilly, Mark J. Burton, Alin M. Puinean, Ian R. Mellor, Ian R. Duce, Linda M. Field, B.A. Wallace, Martin S. Williamson, T.G. Emyr Davies.

An immunological marker of tolerance to infection in wild rodents

Jackson JA1, Hall AJ2, Friberg IM3, Ralli C2, Lowe A2, Zawadzka M4, Turner AK4, Stewart A1, Birtles RJ5, Paterson S4, Bradley JE2, Begon M4

Stochastic specification of primordial germ cells from mesoderm precursors in axolotl embryos

Chatfield, J., O'Reilly, M-A., Bachvarova, R. F., Ferjentsik, Z., Redwood, C., Walmsley, M., Patient, R., Loose, M. & Johnson, A. D.

Acquisition of Germ Plasm Accelerates Vertebrate Evolution

Teri Evans, Christopher M. Wade, Frank A. Chapman, Andrew D. Johnson, Matthew Loose

STAT1-cooperative DNA binding distinguishes type 1 from type 2 interferon signaling

Begitt, A, Droescher M, Meyer T, Schmid, CD, Baker M, Antunes F, Owen MR, Naumann R, Decker T & Vinkemeier U

Accelerated growth in the absence of DNA replication origins

Hawkins, M., Malla, S., Blythe, M. J., Nieduszynski, C. A. & Allers, T.

Temperature triggers immune evasion by Neisseria meningitidis

Loh E, Kugelberg E, Tracy A, Zhang Q, Gollan B, Ewles H, Chalmers R, Pelicic V, Tang CM.

Uncovering the genome-wide transcriptional responses of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger to lignocellulose using RNA sequencing

Delmas S, Pullan ST, Gaddipati S, Kokolski M, Malla S, Blythe MJ, Ibbett R, Campbell M, Liddell S, Aboobaker A, Tucker GA, Archer DB

RAD-Seq derived markers flank the shell colour and banding loci of the Cepaea nemoralis supergene

Richards PM, Liu MM, Lowe N, Davey JW, Blaxter ML, Davison A

Microbial modification of host long-distance dispersal capacity

Goodacre SL, Martin OY, Bonte, D, Hutchings, L, Woolley C, Ibrahim K, Thomas CFG, Hewitt GM

Mitochondrial DNA reveals multiple introductions of domestic chicken in East Africa

Mwacharo JM, Bjørnstad G, Mobegi V, Nomura K, Hanada H, Amano T, Jianlin H, Hanotte

ERK phosphorylation of MED14 in promoter complexes during mitogen-induced gene activation by Elk-1

Galbraith MD, Saxton J, Li L, Shelton SJ, Zhang HM, Espinosa JM, Shaw PE

Distinct and opposing roles for Rab27a/Mlph/MyoVa and Rab27b/Munc13-4 in mast cell secretion

Singh RK, Mizuno K, Wasmeier C, Wavre-Shapton ST, Recchi C, Catz SD, Futter C, Tolmachova T, Hume AN, Seabra MC

Adenosine-A3 receptors in neutrophil microdomains promote the formation of bacteria-tethering cytonemes

Corriden R, Self T, Akong-Moore K, Nizet V, Kellam B, Briddon SJ, & Hill SJ

Postgraduate Research

There is a large cohort of early career researchers, comprising postdoctoral research fellows, over 300 postgraduate research students, together with highly skilled technical staff underpinning the research activities.  Read more »

Applications  Apply online »

PhD Funding

School Funded PhD Studentships Available

Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR (PhD) Fellowships for 2015-16GBL-logo

CLOSPORE is a new Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions ITN based at Centres of Excellence in Lisbon, Helsinki, Paris, Wageningen, Abingdon and Nottingham.  Our industrial partner in the UK is Green Biologics.

Call for Brazil Science without Borders PhD Studentships

Read about BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Biotechnology & Biological Sciences on the Graduate website »


Our teaching is research-led and integrative, ensuring that our courses are at the cutting edge and that our students are prepared for the future.

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Undergraduate Study

Undergraduates at work

We provide excellence in teaching in a wide range of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. For many of these degrees, applicants can choose between 3-year BSc and 4-year MSci courses.

Postgraduate Taught

We offer an extensive range
of high-quality taught Masters’
programmes, covering a range
of specialist courses
‘from molecules to man’.

"It's brilliant that the Biological Photography and Imaging course is a stepping stone for your students to the BBC" as quoted by Jess Pitcher BBC Researcher, BBC One Show, Natural History Unit Bristol.

Leading Higher Education

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK top 10 by The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014. In accordance with the table's criteria, successful universities have high-quality staff and lectures, well-structured courses, good accommodation and good community atmosphere.


News & Events

2nd Midlands Molecular Microbiology Meeting

14 - 15/09/2015
The Conference will focus on a wide range of topics from metagenomics to host-pathogen interactions. The goal of this conference is to act as a conduit for fostering collaboration among leading scientists who study the molecular biology of prokaryotes and fungi and to promote the exchange of ideas between the next generation of microbiologists.

Healthy by Nature

The OPAL Nottingham team are hosting the first "Healthy By Nature" networking conference. Healthy by Nature is a one-day meeting which aims to bring together policymakers, researchers, health professionals, and representatives from the charity sector to consider ways to improve access to nature, assess the effectiveness of nature interventions on health outcomes, and look for ways to embed nature access into health policy.

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Film highlighting importance of Technical Support Staff at the University of Nottingham and School of Life Sciences receives award

Raising the profile of technicians


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Athena Swan

Athena SWAN awards champion good working practices to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics. The School of Life Sciences seeks to go beyond this with our flagship policy of fairness and equality of opportunity for all. We are committed to provide a positive and supporting environment for all our staff and students. This is exemplified by our successful bid for Athena Swan Silver Status and our endeavour to roll out best practice to all staff and student groups.




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