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University of Essex

Telephone: 01206 874042

The University of Essex, based at Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, received its Royal Charter in 1965. It is one of the UK's leading academic institutions and has an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. The University has 19 departments spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering.

There are currently around 8,800 students at the University, 25% of these within the Graduate School. The University is an international community with students from more than 125 countries. In recent assesments Essex has regularly ranked among the top 12 UK universities for the quality of its reseach and teaching, with many of its departments rated as 'outstanding' by international standards.

Research Groups in Biological Sciences:
Molecular Medicine
Biophysics and Chemical Biology
Marine Sciences
Plant Productivity and Sustainable Agriculture
Sports and Exercise Science

The department has a unique research capability in the detection and imaging of 'stress' in biological systems in particular due to reactive oxygen species.. This expertise spans the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels and encompasses microbial, plant and mammalian systems.

Research areas of biomedical interest include:
GPCR structure and experimental biology
Cancer, regulation of cell growth, biomarkers, cancer prevention and chemotherapy
Diabetes and complications, advanced glycation end products (AGEs)
Immunological receptors and recognition events
Molecular biology of picorna viruses

The department is equipped with state of the art facilities for cell and molecular biology, spectroscopy and biological imaging; and has pioneered the development of single particle fluorescence and other imaging techniques.

In addition we have established multidisciplinary research groups
Essex Biomedical Sciences Institute
Centre for Systems Biology
The Health Exercise and Active Life research Unit
Centre for Environment & Society
Coral Reef Research Unit