Team of Edge Hill researchers and students participate in Extremophiles 2018

A group of researchers and students from the Biology Department’s Group for Extreme and Marine Microbiology (GEMM) has just returned from their participation on the 2018 Extremophiles Conference – the biggest meeting in the world on Life under Extreme Conditions – taking place in Ischia, Italy. The team included Dr André Antunes, Dr Marta Filipa […]

The CHASE is on! Hunting for new microbes and biotechnological applications in the threatened salterns of Cabo Verde

Members of the Biology Department’s Group for Extreme and Marine Microbiology (GEMM) have recently participated in a scientific expedition to the Islands of Cabo Verde. The international, cross-disciplinary team, led by Dr André Antunes, and also including Dr Marta Filipa Simões (Biology), Dr James Rowson (Geography), and Aires da Moura (Universidade Jean Piaget de Cabo […]

First Annual Biology-Geography Research Forum

This September saw the first annual joint research forum between the Biology and Geography Departments. Aimed at showcasing postgraduate research, the afternoon saw 12 oral presentations from current PhD and Master’s by Research students as well as posters from the Biology department summer internship students. Research presented ranged from detecting the geological signs of past […]

Calcareous Grassland Research

‘Managing Biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: A case study of spiders and ground beetles’ Download the project: Lyons A., Oxbrough A. and Ashton P.* (2018) Managing biodiversity in upland calcareous grassland landscapes: a case study of spiders and ground beetles. Edge  Hill University, Lancashire, UK. Pages 1-32. ISBN: 978-1-900230-62-9’. [PDF] This research project examined […]

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Ecological epigenetics of Tilia cordata

Ecological epigenetics is a developing field exploring how environmental changes or distinct contexts influence epigenetic changes to an organisms’ genome. These epigenetic mechanisms such as histone modifications or DNA methylation are important as they can affect ecologically important phenotypic traits even absent genetic variation. Despite this, they are more frequently studied in a laboratory using […]

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Departmental Research at the 2018 Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference

A group of researchers and students from the Biology Department’s Group for Extreme and Marine Microbiology (GEMM) has just returned from their participation on the 2018 Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference in Birmingham – the biggest annual microbiology event in Europe. The team, led by Dr André Antunes presented 6 posters focusing on microbiology of high […]

BSBI training and research grant

Hay meadows, one of Europe’s most biodiverse habitat, was the subject of the PhD research of EHU researcher Elizabeth Sullivan. This work has recently featured on the blog of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Elizabeth studied hay meadow change over a quarter of a century in the Trough of Bowland and then examined how […]

Identification of natural products from Colombian actinomycetes

Understanding their biosynthesis towards the discovery and production of novel antimicrobials Accelerated antimicrobial resistance leading to decreasing efficiency of antibiotics looms as one of the greatest threats to global health. If these compounds stop working, infectious diseases and low risk treatments could become untreatable and dangerous. To deal with this urgent problem different approaches have […]

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Dermatogenetics Research Group members 2017-18

Katy Andrews* (epigenetics), Louise Brennan* (epigenetics), Rebecca Hopkinson (understanding ARCI), Lottie Jose (iPSC/ melanocytes), Jordan White (3D model development), Matthew Ryder (other rare keratinisation disorders), Corey Cruickshank (toxicity assays), Ben Jeffrey (HaCaT cells, toxicity model) * Abstract submission to the British Society for Dermatological Research (BSID) annual meeting in London successful – congratulations to Louise […]

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ARCI drug project

This is an on-going international project with partners at the University of Huddersfield, at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), the Medical University Innsbruck (Austria) and industrial partners. We have generated 3D skin models which mimic the skin of our ichthyosis patients (gene mutation, lack of protein, epidermal barrier defect, changes in gene expression profile, trans-epidermal […]

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