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Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) in Bergen is the right place to be if you want to learn more about how proteins and molecules influence organisms or how all the fascinating adaptations in plants, animals and microorganisms have evolved, how they influence us, and how we influence them and their ecosystems. At the Department of Biological Sciences we study and conduct research on processes that have a fundamental influence on our lives. Biology and molecular life science are important fields contributing to sustainable solutions for global challenges, and the knowledge we generate is essential for our health, food security, economy, nature preservation and societal development.

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Email: studie@bio.uib.no
Phone: + 47 55 58 44 00
Visiting address: Thormøhlens gate 53A

online exhibition
Life through the looking glass

Life through the looking glass

The online exhibition presents works-in-process of young scientists from the EvoCELL network. The researchers are studying animal evolution from a cellular perspective, by applying cutting-edge technologies to uncover a previously invisible world.

SMALL FISH AND NUTRITION
BLUE ECONOMY: Small-scale fisheries provide hope to fight malnutrition among large parts of the world population, illustrated by this photo from Zanzibar of the boat Uchumi Bluu, which means “blue economy” in Swahili.

The overlooked role of small fish to fight malnutrition

The Norad supported project “Samaki”, which means fish in Swahili, unites Norwegian researchers with colleagues in Tanzania to study how small-scale fisheries are the key to combat malnutrition. This is part of a bigger picture in the fight for scarce resources and on the question whether small fish...

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Why evolution favours symmetry

From sunflowers to starfish, symmetry appears everywhere in biology. This isn’t just true for body plans – the molecular machines keeping our cells alive are also strikingly symmetric. But why? Does evolution have a built-in preference for symmetry?

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A shot of one of the active vents at Aurora

A Moonshot in the Freezing Arctic Depths

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Bergen, has taken a major step forward in deep sea exploration and sampling of Earth’s last truly remote and inaccessible seafloor environment – the extreme depths of the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. 

Student projects
Image showing BIO316 students preparing for sampling at Marineholmen for the microplastic workshop

Biology students investigate microplastics at Marineholmen

By Antonia Areali, Ilyasse Bsaithi, Anne Hareide Lund, Charlotte Nakken, Emily Nicolaysen, Åsne Omdal, Emmeli Rundqvist, Torunn Stople, Rune Storli og Cameron Thompson

BIO's vision

BIO aims to produce fundamental and pioneering knowledge of the origin of life, its development, processes and systems, and help solve major global challenges.