Project to understand new layer of gene regulation by ribosomes
For World Cancer day we're highlighting the work the Faculty is doing to fight cancer - improving gene regulation to tackle cancer and diseaseFind out more
Leeds researchers chosen for prominent funding programme
Dr Viktoria Spaiser, Dr Tim Thurston and Dr Rene Frank have today been awarded Future Leaders Fellowships from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).Find out more
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Research and innovation
The Faculty of Biological Sciences is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research community, spanning all areas of biological sciences from molecules to landscapes. Our research and innovation pages highlight the strength and diversity of our research teams. Do contact us if you have an interest in working together.
At least 88%
'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'
Submitted research in our two main UoAs – REF 2021
research laboratories redesign
to enhance collaboration
Astbury BioStructure Laboratory
For world-leading biological research
We take a collaborative approach to delivering impactful research at the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Each of our schools also has its own research expertise and focus:
Our faculty has over 130 academic staff, 14 independently funded research fellows and 200+ PhD students working at all levels of biological sciences, from molecules to landscapes. The links below allow you to explore our current research areas across our three schools.
Biotechnology is a broad discipline in which biological processes, organisms, cells or cellular components are exploited to develop new technologies.More on Biotechnology
Cancer research studies the molecular and cellular basis of cancer and the development of target-specific therapeutics.More on Cancer
Our Cardiovascular research is delivered under 6 themes and focuses on the function of the heart in health and disease, with additional activity in the area of skeletal muscle.More on Cardiovascular
Cell and Organismal Biology
Our Cell and Organismal Biology research aims at determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying both normal cell functions and how they become dysfunctional in diseased cells and organisms.More on Cell and Organismal Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Our Ecological and Evolutionary research ranges from fundamental theory through to directly applied work, at scales ranging from molecular to global and across all the Earth’s biomes.More on Ecology and Evolution
Heredity, Development and Disease
Our Heredity, Development and Disease research studies a variety of organisms to investigate fundamental processes in animal and human development and disease.More on Heredity, Development and Disease
Integrative Membrane Biology
Within Integrative Membrane Biology research, our multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment facilitates the study of membrane protein systems from the atomic to the cellular and organismal levels.More on Integrative Membrane Biology
Our Microbiology research delivers ground-breaking insights into the fundamental biology of bacteria, viruses and fungi, and has a particular emphasis on understanding in molecular detail the mechanisms by which these agents cause disease and evade treatment.More on Microbiology
Our Neuroscience research seeks to understand how the nervous system, the most complex and highly organised part of the body, is able to generate perception, thoughts and behaviour.More on Neuroscience
Plant Science research address fundamental biological mechanisms as related to plants and also addresses the global challenge of maintaining food supplies in the context of sustainable agriculture.More on Plant Sciences
Sport and Exercise Sciences
Sport and Exercise Science research has a world-class focus for research excellence in exercise science, building on its distinctive identity in understanding the basic mechanisms, and translational applications of physical activity in health and disease.More on Sport and Exercise Sciences
Our Structural Biology research aims to understand the structures of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, and the complexes they form.More on Structural Biology
Our Tissue Engineering research focuses on the development of scaffolds and medical devices to regenerate damaged and diseased parts of the body.More on Tissue Engineering
A new home for teaching and research
The Faculty of Biological Sciences is undergoing a major refurbishment to develop its teaching and research capabilities. Creating highly-flexible state of the art laboratories, offices and study space, the investment will provide an exciting new environment for an outstanding student experience and for large multidisciplinary research teams from across multiple faculties to work together.
Below are some of the cross-faculty research centres within the University that draw together expertise, maximising potential for application of novel approaches to solve scientific problems.
Our mission is to engage and unify the critical mass of ‘omics’ researchers at the University of Leeds into one central virtual institute. We have a significant number of active researchers that fit under this “Omics” umbrella.More on Leeds Omics
The Astbury Centre
Bringing together researchers from across the University - largely from physics, the biological sciences and chemistry - to allow interdisciplinary approaches to be harnessed to understand the molecular basis of life.More on The Astbury Centre
Centre for Plant Sciences
A centre for excellence in plant cell and molecular biology. The Centre has involvement in many European consortia and an extensive range of international collaborations including with the USA, India, Japan and China.More on Centre for Plant Sciences
Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Focusing on longer lasting joint replacements, tissue sparing interventions and biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration supported by computational and experimental simulation systems for design and pre-clinical testing.More on Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Our 10 facilities cover the broad research themes of biophysical characterisation, structural elucidation and cellular visualisation. They provide a full pipeline for preparation and complete characterisation of systems from single molecules, to macro-molecular complexes, to cells.
Our research delivers significant benefits to society and industry, our areas of impact are grouped into four areas of grand challenge. Read through case studies from some of our leading academics that showcase how we have already delivered a high level of impact across the globe as well as exploring our early future impact news stories.
Biomedicine and Health
Find out how we are tackling challenges within Biomedicine and Health by reading our impact case studies and some of our other research news.More
Ecology and Conservation
Find out how we are tackling challenges within Ecology and Conservation by reading our impact case studies and some of our other research news.More
Sport and Exercise Sciences
Find out how we are tackling challenges within Sport and Exercise Science by reading our impact case studies and some of our other research news.More
Find out how we are tackling challenges within Sustainable Agriculture by reading our impact case studies and some of our other research news.More