Research and Impact

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Research and impact

Professor Dan Lloyd talks about targeting cancer cells with antibody-based therapies

Our internationally acclaimed research promotes the understanding of human diseases and how living systems can be of benefit to human society. Our mission is the pursuit of new knowledge in the molecular life sciences, delivering top-quality research with broad appeal and impactful end-user engagement

Our research and innovation vision

We are constantly striving for greater collaboration and research capability, and this has resulted in a significant increase in staff numbers, PhD awards, high-quality laboratory space, outputs and income. An intentional focus on research themes, rather than a rigid group structure, allows colleagues to be represented in more than one area, thereby encouraging collaboration and cross-disciplinary endeavour. Moreover, cogent (often multidisciplinary) groups with common interests consisting of more than one academic are encouraged.   

World-leading research

Within our collaborative research community, the School offers an inspiring environment where researchers at all levels can produce their best work. 

An impressive 93% of our active research staff submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 88% of this research was classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our research is focussed on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology and biomedical research. The five main research themes within the School are:

Making a difference

Our researchers regularly collaborate with medical companies and clinicians. In recent times, this work has contributed to improvements in drug discovery, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare for a wide range of medical conditions, such as cancer, infertility and infection.

Biopharmaceutical manufacturers have also applied our research to create new diagnostics, novel medications and complex, high-value products.

Research impact

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the impact of our research and judged that over 85% was world-leading or internationally excellent.

Join our world

We offer Biosciences research degrees at Master's level and PhD. With academic expertise across a range of fields, find a project to suit you and help build a better tomorrow. Find out more about our postgraduate courses.