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Polar bear gut synchrony damaged by mercury from their prey

6 December 2021

High levels of mercury in the digestive systems of polar bears have been linked to decreased gut microbiota diversity, a key player in health, adaptation and immunity

Research films put science at heart of COP Cymru

24 November 2021

Video series demonstrates strength of Wales’s climate research

rainbow trout

Disrupting the body clocks of fish could be bad for their health

16 November 2021

The findings of a new study, co-led by Prof Jo Cable, could have implications for the farmed fish industry

Detecting cause of AMR

Researchers marry synthetic biology with nanoscience in fight against resistance to antibiotics

6 October 2021

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a real threat to society, so new approaches for detecting its cause are needed

Professor Lynne Boddy

Prof Lynne Boddy MBE wins 2021 Arboricultural Association (AA) Award

15 September 2021

The fungal ecologist was recognised for her “significant and positive contribution to the arboricultural profession” by the largest organisation for tree care professionals in the UK

Mycelium of the stinkhorn fungus Phallus impudicus growing from a wood block across soil.

New study to establish if fungi could help prevent landslips

10 September 2021

Prof Lynne Boddy is working with the University of Strathclyde to investigate whether fungi’s soil-strengthening properties can mitigate against landslips

New concept of acute pancreatitis showing interactions between three different cell types

Radical new understanding of acute pancreatitis gives hope for more effective prevention of pancreatic cancer

7 September 2021

Research led by the School of Biosciences has transformed understanding of the mechanism underlying this potentially fatal disease, which is a significant factor in the development of pancreatic cancer

Lily Thomas

Student overcomes COVID-19 challenges to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry

27 July 2021

Lily Thomas’ Professional Training Year was cut short by the pandemic, forcing a sudden departure from Italy where she was working on the generation of a novel, fully biodegradable wound dressing

Scan showing prostate cancer which has spread to the spine. Credit: Dr Tom Rackley, consultant clinical oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre

Researchers to investigate new drug to stop incurable prostate cancer spread

30 June 2021

Cardiff University receives funding to explore ‘urgent need’ for advanced prostate cancer therapy

Dr Numair Masud

Research scientist claimed asylum to protect his own safety

30 June 2021

Dr Numair Masud has forged a new life in Wales, where he is able to live and work without fear of imprisonment because of his sexuality

Bedwyr Thomas' headshot

Success at Speaking of Science Conference

17 June 2021

A PhD student received recognition at an interdisciplinary conference for early career researchers, providing an engaging talk about research investigating prion disease through the medium of the Welsh language.

Panda cubs photo credit Tim Flach

Researchers work with award-winning artist and writer to create ‘Virtual Ark’ of endangered species

10 May 2021

A downloadable virtual reality experience of five key species will form part of a digital collection of artwork and writing created by schoolchildren and members of the public.  

Lecturer named UK’s top biosciences teacher

26 April 2021

Dr Nigel Francis recognised for innovative teaching during the pandemic

Peregrine falcon

Scientists find strongest evidence yet of ‘migration gene’

3 March 2021

Researchers combined satellite tracking and genome sequencing to pinpoint specific gene

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Computer-designed cancer drug to prevent breast cancer metastasis

2 March 2021

A computer-aided drug design tool has successfully created a new potential therapy to inhibit this fatal spread of the disease.

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COVID-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade

8 January 2021

Cardiff University-led supercomputing project receives fresh funding to go global

Sophie Watson

‘There’s this whole unknown and hidden world inside all of us – and it can tell us so much’

16 December 2020

Meet the Cardiff University PhD student who unlocks the strange secrets deep inside Arctic animals

Mike Bruford

Professor Mike Bruford wins ZSL Marsh Award for Conservation Biology

19 November 2020

A scientist who specialises in conservation genetics has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

CLIMB sequencing

Computing system for COVID-19 sequencing analysis wins major award

17 November 2020

Cardiff University’s Professor Tom Connor was technical architect of CLIMB

Profile Photo of Helen Waller-Evans

Award success for rare disease research

2 November 2020

Approximately 350 million people worldwide are living with a rare disease, and half of them are children. Vital research into lysosomal storage disorders has been recognised for its breakthrough discoveries and potential for impact for patients living with rare diseases.