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Research centres and institutes

Research in the School of Biology is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres and institutes. 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.

Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC)

The Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) is an interdisciplinary centre for biomedical research with contributions from the Schools of Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics and Astronomy. The BSRC's main research themes are infection and immunity, biophysics, molecular medicine, and chemical biology. 

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Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers across St Andrews focused on the measurement, origin and consequences of biological variation. The Centre's objective is to advance scientific understanding of the diversity of life and contribute pro-actively to policy that protects biological diversity.

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Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI)

The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) is an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment which forms a key focus for research excellence in the marine sciences.

Research interests range from the deep oceans to the coasts, and from the people who use and interact with the sea, to the biological and physical processes that make the oceans function.

SOI aims to develop scholarship, commercialisation of research and advanced-level teaching delivered through contributing Schools at the University of St Andrews.

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