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Dr NezisNext step towards preventing cancer and Alzheimer's

Dr Ioannis Nezis has led a research team to identify, and create a database of, the proteins needed for an essential cellular process, autophagy, which keeps our bodies healthy, but which declines as we age.

Better understanding of how these proteins work could lead to the development of drugs to stop this decline, and keep cells healthy for longer - thus preventing major age-related conditions, such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, neurodegenerative conditions, as well as viral and bacterial infections.

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Public Science Events: 6-8pm School of Life Sciences Atrium
Tuesday 15 November 'Getting to grips with antibiotic resistance'

Open DaysUniversity Open Days:
Saturday 22 October 2016

Our staff and student ambassadors are looking forward to welcoming prospective students to the School of Life Sciences.

The Shakespeare Fun Palace
Saturday 1 October 11-4pm

Step back in time and explore 16th century England. The School of Life Sciences Outreach team will provide demonstrations of the biology and history of plague spread - microscopes - bacteria - and flinging diseased jelly babies over castle walls. Come and write us a limerick or a sonnet and win a cuddly microbe! Watch our Jelly baby flinging practise

Venue: The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Startford-upon-Avon

More SLS Outreach activities

bronze.pngThe School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years.

"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 Laura Green.

SLS Athena SWAN webpage


Researchers are using cutting-edge technologies to understand how plants adapt to survive stresses such as drought and nutrient deficiencies. We are working with the agritech industry to develop new crop varieties with beneficial genetic traits.

seedlingc.jpgImproving seed performance for the establishment of crops

More than 80% of research in the School was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF2014