Rabbits like to eat plants with lots of DNA
20 March 2019
Rabbits prefer to eat plants with plenty of DNA, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Beware of sleeping queens underfoot this spring
20 March 2019
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered a never before reported behaviour of queen bumblebees.
People are likely to choose healthier and more sustainable canteen meals if they are labelled with a traffic light system, according to research from Queen Mary University of London.
SBCS lecturer receives Suffrage Science Award
13 March 2019
Dr Isabel M Palacios of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London was recognised at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Suffrage Science Awards on 8 March.
Scientists are urging for improved regulation on pesticides after finding that they affect genes in bumblebees, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with Imperial College London.
TIGER Blog - Making your Scholarship Count
7 March 2019
On 28 February, Professor Lu Mello from the University of Liverpool delivered a workshop as part of our TIGER group that focused on scholarship and pedagogical research.
In this blog we spoke to MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology student Amelia-Rose McKenzie. Amelia joined Queen Mary in 2015, taking a BSc in Zoology before going on to do her Masters’ degree. She discusses her experience of Queen Mary University of London from undergraduate to postgraduate level and her plans for the future.
Meet the Alumna – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with Jane Smith
28 February 2019
In this blog, we spoke to MSci Chemistry alumna Jane Smith, who talks about her time studying and working at Queen Mary University of London.
Queen Mary Chemistry Summer School – From Bench to Market
26 February 2019
In this blog, we spoke to Dr Giorgio Chianello and Dr Zoe Wilson about the Chemistry Summer School Queen Mary University of London will be hosting this July.
Meet the Undergraduate – Annika Ramos
14 February 2019
In this blog, we spoke to undergraduate student Annika Ramos who discusses her summer internship at PwC, experience at Queen Mary University of London and her plan to run for Vice President of Education at the University’s Student Union.
Dr Glenn Hurst from the University of York delivered a hugely interesting talk on 4th Feb as part of the TIGER seminar series titled Engage, Contextualise, Share: Innovative Use of Social Media in Higher Education.
SBCS students obtain industrial placements at GlaxoSmithKline
4 February 2019
In this blog, we spoke Queen Mary University of London undergraduate students Aneesah Mukadam and Nishma Thakor about their upcoming placement year at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Aneesah and Nishma are studying Chemistry with a Year in Industry at Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
Meet the Lecturer – Isabelle Mareschal
25 January 2019
Dr Isabelle Mareschal joined the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London in 2013. She is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology having previously been a long-term postdoctoral research assistant in Sydney, London and New York. We spoke to her about her role at Queen Mary and her research in emotion recognition.
International Student Life in London – Timothy Deng Hong Loong
15 January 2019
In this blog, we spoke to Queen Mary University of London undergraduate student Timothy Deng Hong Loong from Singapore. He talks about his experience of living in London since joining the University to study Neuroscience in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
Bees can count with just four nerve cells in their brains
14 January 2019
Bees can solve seemingly clever counting tasks with very small numbers of nerve cells in their brains, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London.
Meet the Undergraduate - Mariam Hafidh Abbas
17 December 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Medical Genetics undergraduate student Mariam Hafidh Abbas from Iraq. Mariam is currently in her second year at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London. She is the course representative of Genetics and Medical Genetics.
Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively
11 December 2018
The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths, University of London.
My Year in Industry at GSK – Zahra Arjomand Nia
5 December 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Chemistry with a Year in Industry/Research student Zahra Arjomand Nia. Zahra joined Queen Mary University of London in 2015 and spent her Year in Industry at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She is now in her final year at Queen Mary and will graduate in 2019.
Chemistry student Alina Zakrjevsky secures placement at Roche
21 November 2018
In this blog, we spoke to second-year undergraduate Chemistry student, Alina Zakrjevsky. Alina recently secured a placement in Medicinal Chemistry at Roche in Switzerland – one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
On Friday 9 November, a new undergraduate Chemistry lab was officially opened at Queen Mary University of London by Head of Chemistry Professor Marina Resmini.
TIGER Blog - Calculating Feedback for the Masses
7 November 2018
In this blog, TIGER Chair Rachel O'Callaghan reviews the TIGER event on 'Calculating Feedback for the Masses', which was delivered by Lecturer in Biochemistry and Academic Lead for E-Learning Dr Mark Roberts.
Meet the Postgraduate – Phebian Odufuwa
25 October 2018
In this blog, we spoke to postgraduate student Phebian Odufuwa from Nigeria. Phebian is currently studying on the Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation MSc, having completed her bachelor’s degree in Botany.
TIGER Blog - Forum on improving graduate outcomes
19 October 2018
The Teaching Interest Group and Educational Research (TIGER) held the second Education Research Forum on September 11th. Forum founder and TIGER member Jayne Dennis talks about the highlights of the event.
Meet the Lecturer – Dr Shirley Wang
12 October 2018
In this blog, we spoke to School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) Lecturer in Psychology and clinical psychologist Dr Shirley Wang. Dr Wang joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) this summer from Syracuse University London, where she taught health psychology. She has also previously worked as a health and science writer.
Meet the Postgraduate - Jacqueline Bond
9 October 2018
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology postgraduate student Jacqueline Bond began her study in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2017. We spoke to Jacqueline to learn more about her experience of the course, her field work in Borneo and her research project on bees.
Meet the Student Ambassador – Candelaria Martinez Sosa
2 October 2018
In this blog, we spoke to third year Psychology student Candelaria from Argentina. She spoke about her experience as a student ambassador for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
Meet the PhD Student – David Hemprich-Bennett
12 September 2018
David Hemprich-Bennett started his PhD in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2014 after working a summer at Bristol University on their Bats in Churches project. We spoke to David to learn more about his PhD experience at the University.
SBCS Graduates Launch Nutrition-Tech Start-up
6 September 2018
In the summer of 2018, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) PhD graduates Zach, Fosca, Ari and Alistair launched a nutrition-tech start-up called Shoreditch-son in Okinawa, Japan. We spoke to Zach, CEO, to learn more about the start-up.
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London and The Australian National University have unravelled how changes in nutrition in the early development of honeybees can result in vastly different adult characteristics.
What to expect when you start university - Foteini Bifsa
21 August 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) student Foteini Bifsa. Foteini, from Greece, is entering her second year studying Biochemistry at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, a subject is which she is also course representative. She discusses what students should expect in their first few weeks at the University and offers some pieces of advice.
An opt-out organ donation register is unlikely to increase the number of donations, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London.
Genes drive ageing, making normal processes damaging
12 August 2018
Ageing in worms mainly results from the direct action of genes and not from random wear and tear or loss of function, and the same is likely to be true in humans, according to research by UCL, Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London scientists.
Meet the Undergraduate – Carola Bigogno
2 August 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Italian student Carola Bigogno, who graduated in July 2018 with first class honours in Biomedical Sciences after joining the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in September 2015. She talks about her journey at QMUL, living and studying in London and her future at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) Lecturer in Organismal Biology Chema Martin has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the 'excellent science' pillar of the EU's current Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020.
Meet the Lecturer - Dr Lesley Howell
27 July 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Dr Lesley Howell, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry and Programme Director for the Chemical Research MSc at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS). Dr Howell explains how she became a lecturer and her passion for teaching.
On Thursday 26 July, 600 students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) celebrated their graduation across two ceremonies.
Members of the public in the UK and US have far greater trust in scientific experts than the government, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London.
Meet the Postgraduate - Ana Cecilia Híjar Islas
12 July 2018
In this 'Meet the Postgraduate' blog, we spoke to Ana Cecilia Híjar Islas. Ana, from Mexico is studying an MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS). She joined Queen Mary University of London in September 2017, on a scholarship from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).
The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th century, all but wiped out the dogs that had lived alongside native people on the continent for thousands of years, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.
When playing an economic game those that were assigned as ‘lower status’ were more likely to share their wealth than their ‘higher status’ counterparts, according to a new study at Queen Mary University of London.
On Tuesday 26 June, the first cohort of Nanchang University - Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Biomedical Sciences / Clinical Biomedicine degree students attended their graduation.
What is TIGER and how can you get involved?
28 June 2018
In this blog, we spoke to Chair and Founder of the Teaching Interest Group and Education Research Rachel O’Callaghan to find out more about the group’s founding and activities.
American swamp sparrows may have sung the same songs for more than 1,000 years and passed them on through generations by learning, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London and Duke University.
Meet the Undergraduate – Dilan Al
19 June 2018
In this blog we spoke to Chemistry with a Year in Industry student Dilan Al. Dilan, from Turkey, started studying in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London in 2014. Supported by her industrial supervisor at SBCS, Dr Chris Jones, Dilan did her industrial year in Switzerland, working for Pharmaceutical company Hoffmann La Roche.
SBCS Students Attend Future Scientists Field Trip
14 June 2018
From 4 - 8 June, 20 School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) students from across all of the SBCS disciplines attended a ‘Future Scientists’ fieldtrip at the Field Studies Centre (FSC), in Millport, Scotland. Funding for the fieldtrip was provided by the Sheina Marshall Memorial Fund.
Bumblebees can tell flowers apart by patterns of scent, according to new research involving Queen Mary University of London and led by the University of Bristol.
Meet the Undergraduate - Quinita Nortje
11 June 2018
In this blog we spoke to 3rd year Medical Genetics student Quinita Nortje from South Africa. Quinita joined Queen Mary University of London in 2014 and began her university journey on the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP).
Meet the Undergraduate - Jakob Brown
28 May 2018
Jakob Brown joined Queen Mary University of London in 2015 and is currently in the final year of his Psychology BSc at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS). We spoke to Jakob to learn about his experience at SBCS, his Psychology course and a very fascinating dissertation.
From 5 - 11 June, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) postdoctoral researcher Sarah Harpenslager will be exhibiting a photographic journey of inspiring female scientists at the Brick Lane Art Gallery.
Meet the Postgraduate – Raphaella Jackson
11 May 2018
In this student blog, we spoke to Raphaella Jackson, who is currently undertaking a Bioinformatics MSc at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS). She is a citizen of three countries – Canada, United States and New Zealand.
On Monday 30 April, the Department of Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London hosted a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) focus group.
Meet the Lecturer – David Hone
23 April 2018
David Hone is Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He joined SBCS in 2012, after completing his PhD and working in postdoctoral and teaching positions in Dublin, Beijing and Munich.
Animal species with males who compete intensively for mates might be more resilient to the effects of climate change, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.
From 12 – 13 April, the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) welcomed academic staff and students from Nanchang University in China as part of a two-day biomedical research symposium.
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Oxford University have shed light on the origins of some of South-East Asia’s most iconic and unique wildlife; the ‘deer-pig’, ‘warty pig’ and the ‘miniature buffalo.’
Meet the Postgraduate – Pascaline Francelle
9 April 2018
In this student blog we spoke to Pascaline Francelle from France. Pascaline joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2017 and is currently undertaking an MSc in Freshwater and Marine Ecology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
On 29 March, Dr Ingrid Schoon delivered a lecture on ‘Adolescent Mental Health and the Transition to Adulthood’ to students at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Meet the Undergraduate – Nathan Long
26 March 2018
In this student blog we spoke to Nathan Long. Nathan joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2016 and is currently in his second year of studying a BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
The elaborate frills and horns of a group of dinosaurs including Triceratops and Styracosaurus did not evolve to help species recognise each other, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London.
Meet the Lecturer – Dr Tippu Sheriff
19 March 2018
Dr Tippu Sheriff has been teaching in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) since 2002. He teaches a number of undergraduate modules in Chemistry including Practical Chemistry, Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry, States of Matter and more. We interviewed Tippu to learn more about his passion for Chemistry.
Research led by Dr Christopher Jones, Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has led to the first reporting of transition metal-free intramolecular hydride transfer onto arynes.
Queen Mary student takes her research to Parliament
12 March 2018
A PhD student from Queen Mary University of London presented her research to the Houses of Parliament as part of a Parliamentary poster competition.
Dr Vidya Darbari receives Early Career Award
8 March 2018
Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is delighted to announce that Dr Vidya Darbari, Lecturer in Structural Biology, has been awarded the Early Career Prize by the British Crystallographic Association’s (BCA) Biological Structures Group.
Varinder Aggarwal delivers Dewar Lecture on Assembly Line Synthesis
22 February 2018
On Wednesday 21 February 2018, students at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) were treated to a fascinating lecture from Varinder Aggarwal, a leading figure in UK chemical synthesis.
Researchers unravel the time of origin of flowering plants
6 February 2018
Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new research involving Queen Mary University of London, and led by University College London (UCL).
School-aged children can be taught to better their mental health through intervention programmes delivered at school, suggests a new study carried out in east London and led by an academic at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Fukomys livingstoni, I presume?
27 April 2017
Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria.
Seasonal warming leads to smaller animal body sizes
29 March 2017
Changes in the body size of animals measured under controlled laboratory conditions have been shown to closely match changes in body size with seasonal warming in nature, according to research from School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
Ghosts of past diseases shape species evolution
21 March 2017
A team of researchers from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) has revealed that diseases can not only affect fish evolution, but also the aquatic environments in which fish live.
A team of researchers from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS), Francis Crick Institute,Goethe University Frankfurt and University of Tübingen in Germany have developed a novel technology to understand how an important protein connects to other cellular proteins.
Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning
10 March 2017
Bumblebees can be trained to score goals using a mini-ball, revealing unprecedented learning abilities, according to scientists at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Goats can identify the calls of their goat friends
7 March 2017
A new study led by scientists at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL has found that goats can recognise their stablemate friends calling by developing a mental image of how they sound and look.
A new £3m grant from Wellcome Trust to a consortium involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will help to set up a new facility for cryo-electron microscopy – a technology that is revolutionising biology.
Scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event rather than over time
Researchers reveal that not all violent acts are equal
12 January 2017
People from different nationalities make similar judgements and decisions about the severity of different violent acts – a finding that could help international organisations, such as the UN and World Health Organisation to better manage crime and violent behaviour – according to research led by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.
Teaching blog - helping first years make the leap
5 January 2017
Our Teaching Interest Group and Education Research (TIGER) ran a seminar on helping first year students adjust with guest speaker Dr Harriet Jones from the University of East Anglia. TIGER founder and chair Dr Rachel O'Callaghan blogs about the seminar. You can also watch a recording of the event below.
Ash tree genome aids fight against disease
4 January 2017
Researchers at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have successfully decoded the genetic sequence of the ash tree, to help the fight against the fungal disease, ash dieback.
Photochemistry is a chemical reaction caused by the absorption of light (photons). It underpins a large range of important biological and industrial processes, from photosynthesis in plants through a host of chemical engineering applications – for example, the manufacture of the antimalarial drug artemisinin. Excitations in molecules also play a key role in devices – for example organic LEDs and organic photovoltaic cells.
Researchers create synthetic skin
7 December 2016
Wearable technologies could be transformed with a new type of artificial material that can mimic the properties of skin from sensing touch to even being self-healing.
Competitive males are a blessing and a curse, study reveals
17 November 2016
Showy ornaments used by the male of the species in competition for mates, such as the long tail of a peacock or shaggy mane of a lion, could indicate a species' risk of decline in a changing climate, according to a new study from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Student coders triumph at London ZooHackathon
21 October 2016
A group of QMUL students were on the winning team of the London ZooHackathon, a computer coding and technology event which aims to tackle wildlife trafficking. Environmental Science student Marysia Clouter, who was part of the winning team, took our third year module Ecology and Conservation, which she says was instrumental in developing her understanding of the natural world.
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have discovered for the first time how marine animals called sea cucumbers can rapidly change the stiffness of their body, which could provide a useful basis for developing novel biomaterials for applications in medicine.
String pulling bees provide insight into spread of culture
4 October 2016
Bumblebees can learn to pull strings for food and pass on the ability to a colony, according to researchers at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.
Good food puts bees in good mood
29 September 2016
We all know what it’s like to taste our favourite food and instantly feel good about the world but the same phenomenon may happen in bumblebees.
The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis (TB) casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.
Bees remain excellent searchers even when ill
12 September 2016
Honeybees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.
Our School celebrates successes in National Student Survey
11 August 2016
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) continues to rank top in London among Russell Group universities for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).
Teaching blog - large group teaching
9 August 2016
Our Teaching Interest Group and Education Research (TIGER) ran a workshop on large group teaching. TIGER chair Dr Rachel O'Callaghan blogs about the event. You can also watch a recording of the event below.
Our teaching interest group one year in
5 August 2016
Our School formed the Teaching Interest Group and Education Research (TIGER), a forum for anyone involved in teaching and curriculum development, over a year ago. Since then, TIGER has held three events, formed an executive committee, and supported teaching activity in our School and beyond. Dr Rachel O'Callaghan, TIGER founder and chair, shares her thoughts on TIGER's first year.
Could goats become man's best friend?
11 July 2016
Goats have the capacity to communicate with people like other domesticated animals, such as dogs and horses, according to scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Lost hormone is found in starfish
5 July 2016
Biologists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) have discovered that the evolutionary history of a hormone responsible for sexual maturity in humans is written in the genes of the humble starfish.
London bee tracking project - save London bees
4 July 2016
Hundreds of bees with individual coloured number tags have been released from our rooftops for a project that hopes to uncover the secret lives of London’s bees. Biologists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have attached weather-resistant number tags on the backs of bees, and encourage the public to identify them and take photos for a competition.
Schools compete in chemistry festival at SBCS
16 May 2016
School kids from across London, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent competed in an exciting day of hands-on chemistry at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Teaching awards triumph for SBCS
26 April 2016
It was highly flattering to be nominated for Teacher of the Year in the 2015-16 Queen Mary Student Union (QMSU) Teaching Awards, especially as I’ve always held the belief that I was “just doing my job”. I was absolutely flabbergasted to have won and am extremely grateful to all the students who took the time to nominate me and other staff for the award.
How the dinosaur group, the tyrannosaurs, evolved over the course of 100-million years into the giant carnivorous bone-crushers that are so well recognised today, is charted in a new book by a Zoology lecturer from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Student Voices: Dinosaurs in the Horniman Museum
21 April 2016
Our Student Voices series gives our students a chance to blog about life at QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. This edition is written by Patrick Hennessey, third year zoology student, who recently went to the Horniman Museum with staff and students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Student voices: presenting at a conference
30 March 2016
Our Student Voices series gives our students a chance to blog about life at QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. This edition is written by Jemma Mary Brett, third year Zoology student, who recently presented at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).
New study reveals new pathway for river pollution
30 March 2016
Scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered new ways how rivers convert excess nitrogen, which can have damaging impacts on the environment, to harmless nitrogen in a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Scientists at the School of Biological and Chemical Science (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have shown research on infectious disease outbreaks can been adapted to study the locations of artworks by graffiti artist Banksy.
Flowers' iridescent petals, which may look plain to human eyes, produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study involving researchers from QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Prof Marina Resmini delivers her inaugural lecture
12 February 2016
In February 2016, Professor Marina Resmini delivered her inaugural lecture: Why size matters: from antibodies to nanomaterials.
Starfish reveal the origins of brain messenger molecules
10 February 2016
Biologists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered the genes in starfish that encode neuropeptides - a common type of chemical found in human brains. The revelation gives researchers new insights into how neural function evolved in the animal kingdom.
Slime can see
9 February 2016
After more than 300 years of looking, scientists led by Queen Mary University of London have figured out how bacteria “see” their world. And they do it in a remarkably similar way to us.
Going postgraduate? Find out all you need to know
4 February 2016
Find out more about postgraduate study in Bioinformatics, Ecology, Botany, Chemical Research and more, and discover more about the world-leading research, teaching and support we offer our MSc students.
Student Voices - wading in Windermere
21 January 2016
Postgraduate students on our Aquatic Ecology and Freshwater and Marine Ecology MSc programmes went on a week-long field trip to the Lake District. Two of our students - Kirsty MacLeod and Adrienne Kerley - have blogged about the trip. Find out what they got up to.
Student voices: life is for living
18 January 2016
Our Student Voices series gives our students a chance to blog about life at QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
First demonstration of sexual selection in dinosaurs identified
14 January 2016
Large ornamental structures in dinosaurs, such as horns and head crests are likely to have been used in sexual displays and to assert social dominance, according to a new analysis of Protoceratops carried out by scientists at the School of Biological and Chemical sciences (SBCS) at QMUL.
Warmer temperatures increase biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Exeter have found. Globally, phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial.
Five biomedical scientists visit Nanchang University in China
1 December 2015
After over 10,000 miles and 48 hours of travelling, five biomedical scientists from Queen Mary found their way to Nanchang University, China. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL runs a joint undergraduate programme with Nanchang University, and our London-based students went to visit Nanchang as part of a cultural exchange project.
New review on origin and evolution of the nervous system
27 November 2015
A review from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences highlights the importance of developmental processes in understanding nervous system evolution.
Student voices: obsession is a great thing
26 November 2015
Our Student Voices series gives our students a chance to blog about life at QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Using technology to enhance student outcomes
16 November 2015
Dr James Pickering visited Queen Mary in November to give a talk on using technology to enhance student outcomes, attended by academics across the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the E-Learning unit and beyond.
Male bees have more than a one-track mind
16 November 2015
Male bumblebees are just as smart as female worker bees despite their dim-witted reputation, according to new research from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer
10 November 2015
Scientists led by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Aberystwyth University have revealed ‘sweet points’ for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future.
A chemistry PhD student has found a simple way for the first time of producing two chemical compounds that were first discovered in late 19th century, entirely by accident. The discovery could have implications for fighting disease and growing crops, where the sulfur containing compounds called sultones and sultines, play a significant role.
Scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have teamed up with industry to create the next generation of lighting systems. Professor Alexander Ruban, Professor of Biophysics, collaborated with Finnish company Valoya and Microsoft to create a novel solution for simulation of natural outdoor light.
Is happiness a matter of our genes?
27 October 2015
Senior lecturer in development psychology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Dr Michael Pluess organised a public event at Queen Mary University of London, in partnership with the Centre for Economic Performance from the London School of Economics and Action for Happiness.
Students triumph at Biotechnology Entrepreneurs Scheme
21 October 2015
A team of Queen Mary postgraduate students are through to the final of the annual Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneur Scheme) competition.
Giraffe, impala and boomslang - our South Africa field trip
6 October 2015
Lecturer Dr Dave Hone shares his experience of our recent field trip to South Africa, open to undergraduate students on our biology, genetics and zoology programmes.
First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats
14 September 2015
The ability of some bats to spot motionless prey in the dark has baffled experts until now. By creating the first visual images from echolocation, researchers reveal we have been missing how bats sense their world.
Two scientists from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences spoke at a science summer school event this week with Professor Brian Cox. Mathematical biologist Dr Steve Le Comber and PhD student James Borrell were invited along with other top scientists to deliver talks at the St Paul’s Way Trust Science Summer School 2015.
Freshers week tips from our undergraduates
26 August 2015
Starting your undergraduate degree at Queen Mary soon? Have dozens of questions or concerns? Some of our lovely student ambassadors have shared their experiences. Take a look below to get a taste of what your Freshers Week will be like.
Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals
17 August 2015
Research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, has found that fallow deer bucks make judgements about the possible threat from competitors from the sound of their calls.
Student satisfaction in biology and zoology teaching in QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has increased by 5% in a year, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS). In addition, molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry teaching was ranked fourth in London.
We've released our first ever annual report, looking back at this year's exciting developments at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Cat owners fail to realise the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the University of Exeter.
Researchers have found that the gene which gives naked mole-rats their natural resistance to cancer is unique among mammals.
Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites
28 April 2015
Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees.
Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to moult when they outgrow their skins. Studies on sea urchins provided the missing link because they have a protein with elements common to those in both humans and insects and reveal a common ancestry hundreds of millions of years ago.
New evidence that tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other
10 April 2015
Examination of a Daspletosaurus skull by Dr David Hone of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences found signs that it had been bitten by another tyrannosaur during its lifetime as well as after it had died.
In April 2015 Professor Mark Trimmer delivered his inaugural lecture - New spokes for old cycles: The life sustaining transformation of bio-elements on Earth
Bumblebees trained to go to feeders labelled with a certain colour or pattern cue but avoid differently labelled alternative feeders did so when feeders were arranged horizontally but didn’t when arranged vertically. Researchers believe this could be because groups of flowers arranged horizontally, like those in a meadow, often include several different species, while those arranged vertically, like in blossoming trees are likely to all be the same species.
Scientists studying arthropods, the group of cold-blooded animals that includes crabs and insects, have found that individuals within species living on land tend to grow to a larger size in the warm and nearer the equator, but that the reverse is true of species found in water.
We announce a new educational partnership with Kew
27 February 2015
From September 2015 QMUL will be offering a new MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Bees form false memories just like humans
27 February 2015
In the same way that humans sometimes remember things that didn’t actually occur, researchers have found that bees also misremember. False memories have never been observed in non-human animals before.
'Stressed' young bees could be the cause of colony collapse
9 February 2015
Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide.
Tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces
4 February 2015
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in collaboration with the University of Florence, have discovered that a species of tropical wasps can memorise the faces of members of their colony and will attack any individual with an unfamiliar face. These wasps can also recognise the smell of their nestmates, but pay more attention to the unique facial patterns in their species when considering whether an individual is friend or foe.
A new study says that the kind of instinctive decision-making advocated in best-selling popular psychology books like ‘Nudge’, ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ and ‘Blink’ is not backed up by reliable evidence.
Life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skull arrives on campus
16 January 2015
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) has taken delivery of a life-sized cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull that will be used for school visits, public engagement and outreach.
Modelling produced by researchers in QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) has found that the only effective potential Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) control strategies are badger culling, cattle testing, controlling cattle movement, and ceasing the practice of housing farm cattle together during winter.
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has shown itself to be one of the UK’s elite research departments in the UK with our latest ranking in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Research highlights from our 2014 REF submission
18 December 2014
Academics within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are involved in a wide range of ground breaking projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 will consider the strength of our research in six core areas.
Researchers have been eavesdropping on 'conversations' between calves and their mothers — measuring the process of how cows communicate using detailed acoustic analysis for the first time.
Londoners are notorious for avoiding eye contact with each other but how bad are we really? That’s one of the things visitors to the Science Museum can currently help to find out if they take part in an experiment being run by QMUL and UCL researchers to learn how long people can comfortably make eye contact with someone else.
Did Christopher Columbus really bring syphilis back to Europe?
8 December 2014
Following his comments in the Daily Mail, where he questioned new theories derived from a single skeleton with a questionable pathology, Dr Rob Knell was asked to write a piece in the Conversation about his theories on whether Christopher Columbus brought syphilis back to Europe.
A new study from researchers at Queen Mary University of London looking at how goats express subtle positive emotions could lead to greater understanding of animal welfare.
This week we are hosting students from the London Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership to offer our expertise and training for their PhD projects.
Alan McElligott’s research on optimistic goats has been featured in the Guardian’s piece on Do animals have emotions?
Scientists working at Queen Mary University of London and University of Bath have found that zebrafish are able to visually process multiple objects simultaneously, more proof that fish are cleverer than their ‘three-second memory’ reputation suggests.
Students make important dinosaur discovery in Canada
21 October 2014
Final year undergraduate students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences studying a new module called Species and their Relationships: Dinosaurs to DNA have uncovered a rare and important dinosaur skull while on a trip to Canada as part of the course.
Scientists from QMUL, UCL, Zoological Society of London, and the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) in Madrid, tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.
Richard Buggs talks on BBC News about ash dieback
17 October 2014
Queen Mary University of London is part of a group of London-based institutions awarded £15m to train bioscience PhD students as part of a £125m nationwide campaign to support the training and development of PhD students tackling some of the world’s major challenges.
What will you discover?
29 September 2014
Queen Mary ranked among the top 20 universities in the UK
17 September 2014
Chemistry students discover new way of identifying hydrogen peroxide
12 September 2014
Chemists from Queen Mary University of London have discovered a new way of identifying peroxide-based explosives, which could make detection of suspect devices more cost-effective in the future.
It's a do or die situation in this clash of the ash
20 August 2014
Dr Richard Buggs has been working with Teagasc researchers, and other partners, to counter ash dieback disease by crossing Asian and Irish species of the tree.
Students give us their seal of approval
13 August 2014
Molecular Biology and Chemistry programmes at Queen Mary University of London are ranked second in London for student satisfaction, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences awarded prizes to over 30 students for outstanding academic excellence. Most of the prizes were awarded to graduating students but a few were given to first and second year students who have done exceptionally well in their studies so far.
Professor Peter Hudson FRS was named as an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) for his work in disease ecology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Summer graduation ceremony.
Ambika Kumar named Course Rep of the Year
18 July 2014
Ambika Kumar was named Course Rep of the Year at the Education Awards 2014. She is graduating with a First class degree in Biomedicine before going straight on to a PhD in Microbiology at Queen Mary.
Sensors created by chemists at Queen Mary University of London could lead to a set of new tools for researchers to investigate conditions like diabetes resulting in earlier diagnosis and new treatments.
Silver lining found for making new drugs
26 June 2014
Chemists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered a new chemical to aid drug manufacturing processes, making it more environmentally-friendly and easier to scale up for industry.
Students from schools across London, Hertfordshire and Kent enjoyed an exciting day of hands-on fun activities at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London on Wednesday 14 May.
A mathematical tool used by the Metropolitan Police and FBI has been adapted by researchers at Queen Mary University of London to help control outbreaks of malaria, and has the potential to target other infectious diseases.
A league table measuring the scientific performance of some 750 universities worldwide rates Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) 9th in the UK and 52nd globally.
A scientist from Queen Mary University of London, who studies how bees forage for food and the evolution of their sensory systems, has received a top prize from the UK’s national academy of science as well as a prestigious grant from the international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). These two awards are in addition to a major grant awarded by European Research Council last month.
Crayfish study provides complicated web of interactions
17 February 2014
How different species of invasive crayfish interact with each other and affect their local environment has been uncovered for the first time by scientists at Queen Mary University of London.
Farming and wetlands: readdressing the balance
10 February 2014
More than 50 per cent of our planet’s wetlands, from peatbogs to estuaries, both natural and man-made, are under threat from habitat destruction and climate change.
Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season
10 February 2014
Male fallow deer are sensitive to changes in the groans that rivals make during mating season when competing for the attention of female deer, and can assess the level of threat other males pose simply from vocal cues, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London.
QMUL Research seeks to safeguard the Future of Europe’s Ash Trees
28 November 2013
SBCS's Dr Richard Buggs is the local organiser of the international fraxback conference. On Friday 29th of November, Dr Buggs will host a session entitled “Living with ash dieback in continental Europe: present situation, long-term experience and future perspectives” at the Linnean Society of London.
Scientists map UK ash tree genome
23 September 2013
Hidden similarity found between bats and dolphins
4 September 2013
The new dawn of the dinosaur
22 August 2013
Playing Starcraft can increase your cognitive abilities
22 August 2013
Can video games make you smart (or at least more flexible)?
13 August 2013
Jack the Ripper and tyrannosaurs
31 July 2013
Revolutionary device turns sound into images
8 July 2013
Doing it for the kids
7 July 2013
The last stand? Ash trees under threat
29 June 2013
Chemistry festival creates a bang at Queen Mary
18 June 2013
What’s in a name?
5 June 2013
How ostriches mate
20 May 2013
Congenitally blind people have more accurate memories
30 April 2013
Happy Goats: How animal rehab works
23 April 2013
Catching Criminals and tracing malaria outbreaks
10 April 2013
Bees use logic to find the best flowers
10 April 2013
Bang goes the theory: Sugar on trial
24 March 2013
The One Show: Bees
12 March 2013
Female deer take control during the mating season
5 February 2013
Scientists identify new 'social' chromosome in the red fire ant
20 January 2013
The Forum: plant and flower shapes
14 January 2013
New study sheds light on dinosaur size
2 January 2013
New genetics project could help save the ash tree
2 January 2013
Honey bees' genetic code unlocked
18 December 2012
All in the mind: Gaydar
3 December 2012
29 November 2012
Researchers decode birch tree genome sequence for the first time
29 November 2012
Warming temperatures cause aquatic animals to shrink the most
7 November 2012
Research shows money and credit cards contain faecal matter
15 October 2012
River Thames invaded with foreign species
11 October 2012
Prof Alan Hildrew wins major ecology prize
11 October 2012
Marine animals could hold the key to looking young
3 October 2012
Bumblebees find efficient routes without a GPS
24 September 2012
Born this way? Ethical battles in Science and Medicine
3 September 2012
When it comes to food, chimps only think of themselves
30 August 2012
Feedback, good or bad, can backfire
16 August 2012
Crayfish species proves to be the ultimate survivor
7 August 2012
Cockroaches say, "Bah!" to Social Media
2 August 2012
The Toilet: an unspoken history
18 July 2012
Carbon impact of land, water compared
27 June 2012
In a Chorus of Bleats, One That Sounds Familiar
26 June 2012
Dr Michael Proulx - spark of recognition
8 June 2012
The digital human
31 May 2012
Le rat-taupe glabre, super-heros des labos
1 May 2012
I woke up gay
19 April 2012
QMUL to join Russell Group of universities
15 March 2012
Banknotes carry more germs than a toilet seat
15 March 2012
Dr Briefer and Dr McElligott on Countryfile
12 March 2012
Molecular machine behind E.coli/cholera decoded
3 March 2012
You've got to be kidding me!
17 February 2012
'Rules' may govern genome evolution in a young plant species
17 February 2012
Catching killer weeds easier with geographic profiling
15 February 2012
How sex works
17 January 2012
Optical illusion reveals reflexes in the brain
14 December 2011
MakeItSimple brings £1.12 Million to SBCS
10 October 2011
Honey, we shrank the copepods
29 September 2011
21 September 2011
Zoologger: The world's smartest insect
23 August 2011
Cleaning eating surfaces
17 August 2011
See with your ears?
9 August 2011
Grant success for SBCS academics
26 July 2011
The music of cells
18 July 2011
6 July 2011
Naked mole rat blueprint revealed
6 July 2011
Zinc and the zebrafish
4 July 2011
Take a beeline? Not a chance with these bees
29 June 2011
27 June 2011
Photosynthesis and solar technology
7 June 2011
Goats recognise their kids' voices
11 May 2011
Steven Le Comber features on BBC4
21 April 2011
Unravelling how a trypanocidal drug works
21 April 2011
Plant speciation caught in the act
17 March 2011
Psychology applications up
15 February 2011
Cancer sufferer funds treatment through running club
17 December 2010
Seeing the world through the eyes of a bee
13 December 2010
Lars Chittka interviewed in Current Biology
8 December 2010
Michael Proulx inteviewed by IC Radio
29 November 2010
Brendan Curran on cloned animals and food safety
29 November 2010
New bat for Sumatra
12 November 2010
Dr Ron Cutler on new immune discovery
5 November 2010
Termites: small animals with a big impact
5 November 2010
Move over lab rat
31 October 2010
Warming destabilises aquatic ecosystems
22 October 2010
Agave – biofuel of the future?
21 October 2010
Brendan Curran interviewed by 'Farming Today'
12 October 2010
Giorgio De Faveri comments on 'Science is Vital'
12 October 2010
Tracking the flight of the bumblebee
24 September 2010
Ear today, eye tomorrow
24 August 2010
SBCS researcher wins grant to study addiction
6 August 2010
SBCS's Brendan Curran interviewed on cow’s milk
3 August 2010
Queen Mary honours government scientist
2 August 2010
Women are attracted to men with deep voices
20 July 2010
Genoveva Esteban highly commended
19 July 2010
Busy bees benefit from a break
1 July 2010
Dianne Abbott MP opens SBCS Science Expo for Schools
29 June 2010
The development of nanogel-based targeted drugs
25 June 2010
A sense of direction
22 June 2010
The germ breeders
22 June 2010
Bee stripes may not keep predators away
7 June 2010
How do bumblebees get predators to buzz off?
1 June 2010
Jeff Duckett says, 'Share the pain'
20 May 2010
Want to find your way fast? Follow a girl!
10 May 2010
Honest deer every year
14 April 2010
Mark Trimmer is awarded a NERC grant
18 March 2010
Anggoro Prasetyo, 1970-2010
17 March 2010
Welcome to GM potatoes
12 March 2010
Language and the Doolittle Conundrum
6 March 2010
Dr Thomas Ings on why bees remain active in winter
6 March 2010
Dr Steve LeComber comments on ‘films that would make Einstein blush’
25 February 2010
Your hospital survival guide
16 February 2010
More news on new species discovered in a Dorset pond
16 February 2010
Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life
3 February 2010
PhD student Claire Sarell wins 'Junk the Jargon' final
28 January 2010
Dr Dobbs and colleagues talk about chemistry to BBC
22 January 2010
Revealing same-sex attraction's evolutionary role
11 January 2010
Gay by Nature! Dr Rahman on his work on human sexual orientation
11 January 2010
Dr Ron Cutler comments on health risks at childrens' farms
26 November 2009
Only scholarly freedom delivers real 'impact'
8 November 2009
Professor Elphick on the sacking of a government drug adviser
2 November 2009
Copycat suicides fuelled by media reports
2 October 2009
Petting farms called to stop children stroking the animals
21 September 2009
Sharks hunt their victims just like serial killers
27 July 2009