Biology

Biology is a great subject where you can learn about cats, among other animals.

Seriously though, biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their physical structurechemical processesmolecular interactionsphysiological mechanismsdevelopment and evolution. Despite the complexity of the science, there are certain unifying concepts that consolidate it into a single, coherent field. Biology recognizes the cell as the basic unit of life, genes as the basic unit of heredity, and evolution as the engine that propels the creation and extinction of speciesLiving organisms are open systems that survive by transforming energy and decreasing their local entropy to maintain a stable and vital condition defined as homeostasis.

Sub-disciplines of biology are defined by the research methods employed and the kind of system studied: theoretical biology uses mathematical methods to formulate quantitative models while experimental biology performs empirical experiments to test the validity of proposed theories and understand the mechanisms underlying life and how it appeared and evolved from non-living matter about 4 billion years ago through a gradual increase in the complexity of the system. See branches of biology. (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biology)

Stephen

PhD student
Univeristy of Bristol

Development of fluorescent, carbohydrate-based nanoparticles as glycomultivalent platforms

Cara Doyle

Research Assistant
University of Bristol

I manage a behaviour research laboratory, running behavioural experiments, supervising students, caring for bumble bees and ordering/maintaining stocks. I also am studying for my MSci by Research in nanotechnology and genetic modification, which involves planning, preparing for and conducting my own research, collaborating with different groups, giving talks and writing papers.

Carmen

Professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry
University of Bristol

Research, Teaching and mentoring of both Undergraduate and Post-graduate students

Ryan

PhD Chemistry Researcher
University of Bristol

I am researching ways of doing the reactions Nature has evolved to do in living organisms, in a test tube instead. This will allow us to better understand the role carbohydrates play in biology, and then we can use this knowledge to create new medicines and treatments.

Ali

Laboratory Manager
University of Bristol

Manager of research lab, responsible for maintenance and operation of over £2Million of equipment. I organise the analytical support needed for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects from institutions all over the UK and NI. Projects are from many other disciplines including Archaeology, Earth sciences, Geography and Life Sciences, which makes the work varied and interesting. I also manage a budget of up to £100K and supervise and train junior technicians.

Vicky

Research Scientist in Biophysics
Various Universities and Institues

I have done post-doctoral research in several different research groups in Oxford, Berlin and Bristol. Throughout this time I have worked on determining the structure of protein molecules using a method called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) - basically putting a protein sample into a very strong magnet, sending in radio waves and seeing what radio waves the sample reflects back. The resulting data is then analysed on a computer to calculate the structure of the protein molecule. Knowing the structure of the protein makes it possible to understand diseases or healthy biological processes better. You can then develop new drugs which target the proteins or change the biological process in some way. Sometimes I have worked on improving the methods for protein structure determination, at other times in collaboration with Biochemists who study a protein’s function. My work can be very varied depending on whether I am involved in sample preparation in the lab, recording data on the NMR machines (mainly computer controlled) or doing data analysis on the computer. My job has enabled me to learn additional skills such as computer programming. You can easily travel and work in other countries, and usually work in very international teams. At the moment I am a part-time scientist and part-time mum. My jobs come and go depending on the availability of research funds. Currently I am doing some work for my old research group in Berlin (but while living in the UK). Because much of the work is computer-based, it is easy to be sent the data electronically and work from home. At the moment I don’t have very much job security, but therefore I have a lot of flexibility which is great alongside being a mum to two small children. Once they are a bit older, I may try to find a more permanent job.

Rob Felix

Head of Product Management
Bio-Techne

The team of Product Managers find useful and interesting products for the chemistry team to make, and ensures we have the correct licenses in place. We also look to collaborate with external scientists to commercialize novel compounds that otherwise would simply be forgotten.

Jeni

Analytical Chemist
Bio-Techne

 

I work in the quality control department of Bio-techne, analysing all of the compounds that we sell for their purity, ensuring that only the highest quality compounds are sold. I also develop new methods and procedures for analysing these compounds by HPLC and LCMS.

Hannah

Product Manager
Tocris Bioscience

I review scientific literature and use this information to guide new product introductions.