Cambridge university biological society

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Welcome to biosoc


We hope that you'll be interested in watching our talks and finding out more about what we do!

New Members

We would especially like to welcome all of our new members, including those who joined through the virtual Freshers' Fair - we are excited to say that our mailing list is now 25% bigger! We look forward to bringing you the best in science, and hope you'll decide to come along to as many events as possible - or even join the Committee!

Member benefits

If you'd like to support us in our attempts to keep our talks free, as well as enjoying membership benefits such as access to in-person lectures at this time, discount codes for books by our speakers and subsidised socials whenever possible, sign up as a life member and email our secretary to confirm your membership.

Recent events

Michael Brokhurst- The ecology and evolution of bacterial pangenomes

michael brockhurst

The Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Pangenomes

Michael Brockhurst is an evolutionary biologist studying the evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities, and currently Chair in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Manchester. He won the Microbiology Society’s 2015 Fleming Prize, and is now a Senior Editor of ‘Microbiology’.

Since the first genome scale comparisons it has been evident that bacterial evolution is unbound by strict vertical descent and that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is a key mode of evolutionary innovation. Prof Brockhurst will discuss results from experimental evolution studies into the dynamics of plasmid-mediated HGT in bacterial communities, the causes of fitness costs associated with plasmid acquisition, and how these are overcome by rapid compensatory evolution enabling the integration of newly acquired genes into the genome.

Nichola Raihani- The Social Instinct

Nichola raihani

The Social Instinct
Why are humans so cooperative – and what do we have in common with other social species? Is cooperation the key to human flourishing or might cooperation be our eventual downfall? Join Nichola Raihani as she illuminates the role of cooperation in the human story: why we live in families, why women experience the menopause and why we routinely help complete strangers. We’ll also explore the dark side of cooperation, looking at how cooperation creates victims, where cooperation fails, and why we sometimes cheat. Nichola will also introduce us to other cooperating species, from the pied babblers of the Kalahari to the cleaner fish of the Great Barrier Reef. She will guide us on an exhilarating, far-reaching and thought-provoking journey through all life on Earth, with profound insights into what makes us human and how our societies work.
Nichola Raihani is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor in Evolution and Behaviour at UCL. Her group’s research focuses on the evolution of social behaviour in humans and non-human species. She has been widely published in scientific journals, won the 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Psychology for her research achievements, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2018. Her book, The Social Instinct is available from all good bookshops and was awarded the Humanist Society’s Voltaire Medal (2021)

Adam Perriman

Bioprinting: How to 3D Print a Human
Tissue engineering is at the forefront of regenerative medicine. We welcome Dr Adam Perriman, who will talk about how 3D printing adult stem cells is producing engineered cartilage, models for anti-cancer drugs, and may even lead to organ replacement.
Adam Perriman is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Bristol, Director of the Bristol Centre for Bioprinting, and founder of CytoSeek, a cell therapy technology company. His papers have been published in several prestigious journals, including Nature Chemistry and Nature Communications. Professor Perriman’s pioneering work in biomaterials has resulted in him being featured in New Scientist, Nature, and appearing in interviews on BBC Radio 4.

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