Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics
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Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

 

We’re shedding new light on the biological processes that shape our world.

By studying cells, organisms and molecular genetics, our team is developing powerful new knowledge about how genes create organisms – and how those organisms adapt in their environments. We’re using and sharing our research to make a diverse range of products, from biofuels and synthetic polymers to the cheese in your fridge. At the same time, we’re informing vital decisions around food security and species conservation in developing countries.

Our research

Exploring the building blocks that make up every species on earth opens up fascinating, far-reaching opportunities. From medicine to conservation, green energy to food security, our inclusive, imaginative work brings researchers from diverse disciplines together to achieve groundbreaking results.

Our impact

We’re making a positive impact across a whole range of sectors, driving the development of new products like biofuels, synthetic polymers and even everyday cheese. We’re also making a powerful contribution to conservation and food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

As an outward-looking team, we’re always looking to share knowledge and inspire others through initiatives like Pint of Science and Open Air Laboratories, as well as spotlight projects like Jeremy the snail, Camels of the desert and the 25 Genome Project. We collaborate widely both outside the division and the University and make a significant contribution to biology, genetics, zoology and natural sciences teaching.

Our ambition

We’re here to conduct powerful research that makes a difference in the real world – deepening our understanding of fundamental biology so we can harness its potential to improve lives. For us, that means contributing to the development of new medicines, preventing the spread of disease, providing the clean fuels of the future, empowering vulnerable communities to feed themselves, and so much more. Along the way, we want to share our knowledge, inspire new generations of scientists and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Information about applying for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships
Date:
06/08/2021

Research signals new treatment hope for Alzheimer's and dementia

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Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered a treatment that could potentially help to slow down the progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
Date:
23/03/2021

Two new research projects into motor neurone disease (MND)

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The new research studies will attempt to 'decode' protein signals in MND and develop our understanding of mental capacity in MND patients. The studies will be based in Nottingham and Edinburgh.
Date:
28/08/2020

Polymer-Harmful-Fungi

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Scientists from the University of Nottingham have developed a new way to control harmful fungi, without the need to use chemical bioactives like fungicides or antifungals.
Date:
08/06/2020

Faculty support for the fight against COVID-19

Faculty support for the fight against COVID-19
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How staff and students in the University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are helping during the coronavirus crisis.
Date:
03/04/2020

Globalise your degree course

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Students can diversify their degree course by choosing a language module for credits. We offer 10 credit modules in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The levels range from Stage 1 (complete beginners) to Stage 6 (near native speaker competence). It is possible to improve existing skills or start a new language.
Date:
17/09/2019

Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary's 'virgin' birth

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How did a virgin fish become pregnant? Scientists have found the answer.
Date:
04/03/2019

Pink or brown? Humans struggle to identify snail shell shades

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How humans perceive colour - using snail shells as a guide.
Date:
04/03/2019

 

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Inspiring people

 

The School of Life Sciences

Spotlight projects

Unravelling the gene mutations behind rare heart disorders

See how we’re searching for the causes of life-threatening congenital conditions.

 

Revealing the remarkable genetic history of Arabian camels

Find out how we’re unlocking the secrets of an increasingly important species.

 

Breaking new ground at our Synthetic Biology Research Centre

Discover how we’re creating sustainable, economical speciality chemicals.

 
 

Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH