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Genetic mutation may hold answers to controlled breathing

The relationship between the Cx26 gene and ability to regulate Carbon dioxide is to be explored by Professor Nick Dale thanks to a £686,956 grant, from the BBSRC.

Press Release (13 August 2020)


Natural way to boost crop yield to be explored by Warwick Scientists

LegumesAn innovative way to increase plant yield naturally, reducing the need for expensive fertilisers is being explored by Dr Miriam Gifford, Dr Isabelle Carré and colleagues, thanks to a £492,343 grant from the BBSRC.

Press Release (12 August 2020)


Medieval medicine remedy could provide new treatment for modern day infections

Balds eyesalveAntibiotic resistance is an increasing battle for scientists to overcome, as more antimicrobials are urgently needed to treat biofilm-associated infections. However, Dr Freya Harrison and colleagues say research into natural antimicrobials could provide candidates to fill the antibiotic discovery gap.

Press Release (28 July 2020)

Wed 29 Jul 2020, 10:26 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Plant-based diets shown to lower blood pressure even with limited meat and dairy

Consuming a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure even if small amounts of meat and dairy are consumed too, according to new research from the University of Warwick.

Press Release (27 July 2020)

Wed 29 Jul 2020, 09:37 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Congratulations to all our students who graduated on 22 July!


Visit the SLS Virtual Yearbook 2020 to see messages celebrating their success.


Breakthrough in studying ancient DNA from Doggerland that separates the UK from Europe

Professor Robin Allaby and colleagues have achieved a number of innovative breakthroughs in analysing sedimentary ancient DNA to reconstruct an 8,150 year old environmental catastrophe in an area that is now covered by the North Sea.

Press Release(16 July 2020)


Double success at Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to effectively explain their research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience.
This year, both winners came from SLS:

  • Congratulations to the winner - Rohini Ajaykumar on 'Studying bacterial resistance for antimicrobial drug development'.
  • And the runner up and popular choice winner - Scott Dwyer on 'Controlling honey bee parasites : will the mites meet their match?'.

Find out more about 3MT 


Global warming will cause ecosystems to produce more methane than first predicted

Research by Dr Kevin Purdy et al suggests that as the Earth warms natural ecosystems such as freshwaters will release more methane than expected from predictions based on temperature increases alone.

Press Release (30 June 2020)


Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?

BBC News talks to Dr Mike Tildesley about the possibility of a second wave and predicting when it might happen.

BBC News (24 June 2020)

Mon 29 Jun 2020, 17:55 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Second wave' warning: two experts have their say

Health leaders warned that a 'second wave' of the coronavirus is likely, and that the UK should be more prepared. Two experts in the spread of disease, Dr Louise Dyson and Dr Ed Hill, commented on the story.

Expert comment (24 June 2020)

Mon 29 Jun 2020, 17:54 | Tags: Expert comment Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

Warwick research part of project investigating newly discovered prehistoric shafts near Stonehenge

Professor Robin Allaby's lab is analysing soil samples from a newly discovered Neolithic structure near Stonehenge, to try and discover its purpose in ancient Britain.

Press Release


Six Months of Coronavirus: What Have We Learned?

Professor Andrew Easton discusses the last six months on TRT World:


Appetite can be increased by cells in the brain

Tanycytes are glial cells, which communicate with neurons in the brain to inform it of what we have eaten. Professor Nick Dale and colleagues have found when tanycytes are selectively stimulated appetite was increased.

Press Release

Tue 09 Jun 2020, 09:53 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

New University of Warwick modelling supports cautious reopening of schools if other lockdown measures continue to control the coronavirus

The gradual reopening of schools, starting with primary schools, is unlikely to lead to a second wave of infection, according to new mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 outbreak from University of Warwick researchers, but we should be prepared to reintroduce lockdown measures should there be a significant rise in the number of new cases.

Press Release

Mon 08 Jun 2020, 09:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

New technique for engineering living materials and patterns

Colony made by MeniFluidics A new method for engineering living materials called ‘MeniFluidics’, made by researchers from the departments of Life Sciences and Physics, could see a transformation in tissue engineering and bio-art, as well as new ways to research cellular interactions.

Dr Munehiro Asally comments:
“We hope MeniFluidics will be used widely by biophysics, microbiologists, engineers and also artists! As it is a simple and versatile method.”

Press Release

Fri 05 Jun 2020, 15:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science Biotechnology Press Release

Students have answers to the questions about September

Beth Hill, a third year Biomedical Science student, has written a blog highlighting how the pandemic has had an impact on higher education.
Read Wonkhe blog (28 May 2020).

Fri 29 May 2020, 10:20 | Tags: Biomedical Science Study Faculty of Science

Warwick scientists discover how cells respond to fasting

A team of researchers led by Professor Ioannis Nezis, discovered how cells activate autophagy genes during fasting.

Press Release

Wed 27 May 2020, 09:10 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Expert comment: Scientific advice on schools reopening

Dr Mike Tildesley provides his expert analysis on the potential reopening of schools.
Read Metro article (21 May 2020).

Fri 22 May 2020, 12:44 | Tags: Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

A new understanding of everyday cellular processes

Orkun SoyerWe use cells to breathe, to moderate body temperature, to grow and many other every day processes, however the cells in these processes are so complex its left scientists perplexed into how they develop in different environments. Professor Orkun Soyer and colleagues say future research needs to look into the bioelectrical composition of cells for answers.

Press Release


The need for a measured approach for relaxation of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

New research, led by Professor Matt Keeling, finds the need for a measured approach to relaxing lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic - which may mean regional social distancing until mid-2021.
Press Release

Mon 18 May 2020, 16:29 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

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