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Bacteria such as E. coli detected in minutes by new technology

  • Dr Munehiro Asally, Dr James Stratford and colleagues, showed that bioelectrical signals from bacteria can be used to rapidly determine if they are alive or dead.
  • The findings offer a new technology which detects live bacteria in minutes instead of waiting for lab-test results which can take days.
  • When 'zapped' with an electrical field, live bacteria absorb dye molecules, causing the cells to light up and allowing them to be counted easily.
  • This rapid technique can detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Press Release

The School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Silver Award in 2018.

as_rgb_silver_award_copy.jpg"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Lorenzo Frigerio

SLS Athena SWAN webpage

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Clearing & Adjustment 2019

Looking for a Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Biomedical Science degree at a world class university with an excellent reputation both within the UK and internationally?

Students with A level results AAB including Biology, or ABB including Biology and a second Science, are welcome to enquire about Adjustment and Clearing.

More than 80% of research in the School of Life Sciences was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF2014