Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Equality and diversity

The Department is firmly committed to promoting equality and diversity. We welcome a diverse population of both students and staff. In the last departmental staff survey (in 2015) we were perceived as a friendly, supportive and inclusive Department.

We are striving for excellence and want to sustain a supportive working environment for all staff. We have applied for an Athena SWAN Award and have set high expectations for ourselves.

Our commitment to inclusivity goes beyond obtaining awards. We believe that our Department benefits from the talents of all students and staff regardless of their gender, age, disability, ethnicity, caring responsibilities and sexual orientation.

News from women in the Department

New mentoring scheme

Dr Hazel Corradi is the Department’s coordinator for the University’s mentoring scheme. The scheme fulfils a commitment the University made in the Athena SWAN action plan. >> Read more

Watch out for the quiet ones: low toxin MRSA strains may be the real killer

Dr Ruth Massey explains why the most serious MRSA infections could be those caused by superbugs which produce fewer toxins, as opposed to high toxin strains. >> Read more

Inside cancer: how genes influence cancer development

Momna Hejmadi and colleaguesDr Momna Hejmadi runs a free online course on how genetics influence the development and spread of cancer. >> Read more

Momna has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. 

Swine flu vaccine’s mysterious link to narcolepsy is no reason not to protect yourself

Dr Ruth Massey writes in The Conversation about the benefits of the swine flu vaccination programme. >> Read more

Silvia Muñoz-Descalzo honoured as leading female scientist

Silvia Munoz-Descalvo has been recognised for her contribution to the scientific community for her work in developmental stem cell research. >> Read more

The answer to tackling superbugs could be … more superbugs

Dr Ruth Massey writes in The Conversation about a potential solution to treating patients with hard-to-kill bacteria in hospitals. >> Read more

Welcome to Dr Marjorie Gibbon, new Research Associate

Leenah Alaalm in the lab

Marjorie’s appointment was supported by the Daphne Jackson Fellowship scheme which enables scientists to return to their careers after a break. >> Read more

Random reflections: genes, genomes & being a woman in science

Dr Araxi Urrutia gave a public talk for the Be inspired! Lecture series run by Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Lincoln. >> Read more

Dr Vasanta Subramanian elected Fellow of the Society of Biology

Vasanta has been elected Fellow of the Society of Biology for her achievements in progressing stem cell research to better understand certain developmental processes and neurological disorders. >> Read more