Gee Research Blog
The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000
We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]Read more...
It’s All in the Wrist
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000
The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]Read more...
The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000
In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]Read more...
Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000
Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]Read more...
Size Matters: Why Reduced Sexual Ornaments are Rarely Seen
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:42:06 +0000
Across the animal kingdom, males have evolved fancy physical ornaments, songs and courtship rituals, all in an attempt to attract the opposite sex. Most of the male ornaments and sexually-selected traits biologists tend to study are large, elaborate and flamboyant. But mathematical models predict that sexual selection is just as likely to make an ornament [...]Read more...
MRes Further Details
The Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment is launching a new MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation, to start in the 2012/13 academic year. This programme provides training in scientific approaches to studying and preserving biodiversity. The research led programme covers both basic research on the evolutionary and ecological processes that produced our present biodiversity, and applied research on how to preserve this biodiversity in the future.
The programme is based in GEE and run in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology. It thus provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and conduct research across the full breadth of pure and applied research in biodiversity.
The Division of Biosciences runs a generic MRes programme in Biosciences. The programme is research-intensive and offers specialisations in a number of areas within Biosciences, amongst which are Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Computational Biology, Environmental Biology and Ageing. Alongside the research project, the programme will include a small number of taught modules providing specialised training in topics relevant to the research areas, as well as generic and transferable skills.
The Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, CoMPLEX, runs a Doctoral training programme “Modelling Biological Complexity”. This is funded by major grants from the EPSRC and BHF, with additional funding from MRC, BBSRC, NERC, CRUK, SAHFOS and UCL. The programme recruits around 15 home and European and Overseas students each year. Training consists of a first MRes year with taught modules and shorter research projects, followed by three years of PhD. All places have funding for fees and stipend.
UCL Systems Biology has been running a MRes and PhD programme since autumn 2010. The programme is part of a UCL-wide initiative in Systems Biology, sponsored by the Provost. The MRes/PhD programme is inter-disciplinary in both its scientific scope and organisation, with staff of several Faculties contributing to taught modules and research projects.
course features extensive research activity in systems biology,
including both modelling and experimental work. Projects are drawn from
across UCL and cover a wide range of research topics. A number of
specialised courses provide students with training in the conceptual
foundations of systems biology, quantitative methods used in the systems
approach and generic skills.
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