Biological Sciences

News 2023

All the news from 2022

Richard Milne wins Teacher of the Year

Dr Richard Milne has been awarded Teacher of the Year in the College of Science & Engineering at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) 2023 Teaching Awards.

Professor Sally Lowell elected to Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

Professor Sally Lowell, Personal Chair of Stem Cell Biology and Early Development in the Institute for Stem Cell Research, has joined 58 other outstanding biomedical and health researchers elected to Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship.

Professor Loeske Kruuk elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Loeske Kruuk has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to science.

£9m funding boost for cell biology research

A £9 million grant from Wellcome will fund a new Discovery Research Platform that will reveal deep insights into the inner world of cells, shedding new light on diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance.

World’s largest cellular proteomic study set to unlock disease insights

A new study, conducted by an international team of researchers, has constructed the largest cellular proteomic map to date, which could pave the way to new disease insights and treatments.

School researchers awarded Chancellor’s Fellowships

Dr Aida Rodrigo Albors and Dr Richard Wheeler have been awarded one of the University of Edinburgh’s most prestigious fellowships to develop their innovative work.

British flower study reveals surprise about plants’ sex life

A study of Britain’s native flowering plants has led to new insights into the mysterious process that allows wild plants to breed across species - one of plants’ most powerful evolutionary forces.

Global health research needs gravity shift to deliver impact

A successful Africa-led global health research programme, contributing to World Health Organisation (WHO) policy development, has shared the key to its success and is calling for a shift in the centre of gravity of health research, designed to benefit developing countries.

Karen Halliday and Steven Spoel become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professors Karen Halliday and Steven Spoel have been named as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh within the 2023 cohort.

Scottish communities to use Minecraft to learn about disease spread

Graphic illustration of coronavirus
A video-game based model of infectious disease spread will form the basis of a pilot public engagement project that aims to engage Scottish communities with public health research data.

School welcomes researchers from Engage Nepal with Science

Suvechhya Bastola
In February we welcomed two researchers from Engage Nepal with Science - a project initiated in the School to engage Nepalese communities with STEM - to explore new research collaborations and conduct public engagement with Scottish schools.

Common cold may have helped curb Africa’s Covid-19 death toll

The higher prevalence of common cold viruses in Africa may have helped the continent experience relatively lower death rates from Covid-19, a study of people in Zimbabwe suggests.