Our internationally-recognised research covers the whole spectrum of biology – from the cell right through to communities and ecosystems.
Our University is in the UK’s top ten universities for its overall research quality and in the School of Biological Sciences, our
cutting-edge research is helping lead the way in helping tackle some of the key challenges we face today.
From our flagship Coral Reef Research Unit, looking at the impact of climate change on coral reefs,
to research into the early signs associated with the development of breast cancer, our scientists cover a wide range of disciplines.
We conduct research in three main areas:
Each group brings together like-minded researchers to share ideas, knowledge, laboratories and equipment in the pursuit of fundamental
and applied research that addresses national and international priorities.
The groups also manage progression of
PhD students and career development of early career researchers, run seminar programmes,
and are involved in international and national collaborations , contributing to a vibrant research environment.
The School has made significant investments in research infrastructure, providing researchers and students with well-equipped
laboratories that house state-of-the-art
equipment and facilities.
The Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by members of our University. You can search for
any publications by subject, journal or publication title, publisher, creator and more. You will find leading biological sciences research within our Repository.
Coral Reef Research Unit
We conduct research within coral reef biodiversity and work with international organisations
such as the Indonesian Institute of Science, the Honduras Coral Reef Foundation and the Suez Canal University in Egypt. Students also attend
field trips in Indonesia.
Our research network
We have a range of Centres, units and groups involved in a variety of specialist areas. These networks
enable us to produce leading research informing areas ranging from the development of new medical treatments, research technologies, environmental policies and more.
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