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Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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MRes Further Details


MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation

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.

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MRes in Biosciences

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.

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MRes and PhD programme in Modelling Biological Complexity

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.

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MRes and PhD programme in Systems Biology

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.

The 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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