The School promotes an interdisciplinary approach to both applied and fundamental research problems and to postgraduate training. Research in the School is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). Together these centres encompass the full spectrum of research in biological sciences, spanning investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules to planetary environmental dynamics.

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Recent Submissions

  • Antimicrobial proteins : from old proteins, new tricks 

    Smith, Val; Dyrynda, Elisabeth (2015) - Journal article
    This review describes the main types of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) synthesised by crustaceans, primarily those identified in shrimp, crayfish, crab and lobster. It includes an overview of their range of microbicidal ...
  • Skill learning and the evolution of social learning mechanisms 

    van der Post, Daniel J.; Franz, Mathias; Laland, Kevin Neville (2016-08-24) - Journal article
    Background. Social learning is potentially advantageous, but evolutionary theory predicts that (i) its benefits may be self-limiting because social learning can lead to information parasitism, and (ii) these limitations ...
  • Structure-activity relationships of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 maturation inhibitor PF-46396 

    Murgatroyd, Christopher; Pirrie, Lisa; Tran, Fanny; Smith, Terry K; Westwood, Nicholas James; Adamson, Catherine S (2016-09) - Journal article
    HIV-1 maturation inhibitors are a novel class of antiretroviral compounds, which consist of two structurally distinct chemical classes; betulinic acid derivatives and the pyridone-based compound PF-46396. It is currently ...
  • Patterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioning 

    Jones, Esther Lane; McConnell, Bernie J; Smout, Sophie Caroline; Hammond, Philip Steven; Duck, Callan David; Morris, Christopher; Thompson, David; Russell, Deborah Jill Fraser; Vincent, Cecile; Cronin, Michelle; Sharples, Ruth Jemma; Matthiopoulos, Jason (2015-08-27) - Journal article
    Species distribution maps can provide important information to focus conservation efforts and enable spatial management of human activities. Two sympatric marine predators, grey seals Halichoerus grypus and harbour seals ...
  • How New Caledonian crows solve novel foraging problems and what it means for cumulative culture 

    Logan, Corina J.; Breen, A.J.; Taylor, Alex H.; Gray, Russell D.; Hoppitt, William J. E. (2016-03) - Journal article
    New Caledonian crows make and use tools, and tool types vary over geographic landscapes. Social learning may explain the variation in tool design, but it is unknown to what degree social learning accounts for the maintenance ...

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