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Research in the School of Chemistry and Biosciences

The School of Chemistry and Biosciences is staffed by a group of very active academic researchers who carry out applied and fundamental research into the natural and physical sciences, publishing their data in top journals across a range of scientific arenas.

Undergraduate students can benefit from their knowledge and experience working at the cutting edge of scientific breakthroughs and postgraduate students will be given the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers in their fields.

We are committed to working at the very highest scientific standards and our work is acknowledged as world leading in several areas.

Researchers within the school are grouped into the following subject areas:


Chemical Biology and Biophysics

Our top-rated interdisciplinary team works at the physical / life science interface. They use their expertise in molecular synthesis, structural analysis and medical biochemistry to probe new frontiers in chemical science. 

Our researchers carry out work varying from organic and inorganic synthesis, measurement and characterisation of small and large molecules, to the modelling of advanced biophysical processes such as protein folding conformational change. All of our skilled academics are internationally recognised, and have expertise in a range of skills from small molecule drug development through to complex biological aggregation assays.

Read more about Chemical Biology and Biophysics research.

Cell and Molecular Biology

Our dynamic and highly accomplished CMB research group studies molecular mechanisms important for cellular function in health and disease.

They have a special emphasis on chronic dieseases such as:

  • Obesity
  • Type II diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Infertility.

Read more about Cell and Molecular Biology research.

Centre for Skin Sciences

The CSS is an internationally renowned group who take fundamental biomedical research and apply it to discover the requirements for healthy skin and hair.

This group works with industrial and commercial collaborators, developing new skincare technologies and improving modern healthcare understanding of skin tissues.

Visit the Centre for Skin Sciences website.

Materials Chemistry


University of Bradford boasts a range of skilled Material Chemists who have experience developing and studying new, functional materials as well as commodity polymers. Some highlights of our work include:


  • Metal / organic frameworks for gas storage
  • Nanomaterials that convert sunlight to electricity
  • Polymeric sensors that can diagnose infections
  • Polymer analysis using mass spectrometry, chromatography, NMR, scattering and imaging techniques
  • Peptide based materials
  • Hydrogels 
  • Polymer and inorganic nano and microparticles


Development of these new materials will pave the way for future advancements in Science and Technology while we also seek to understand the performance and production of established materials already in use.

Read more about Materials Chemistry research.

Microbiology and Biotechnology

This Biomedical team within the school study a range of infectious diseases, including those caused by E. Coli, Streptococci, Staphylococci and many more.

They are dedicated to understanding the molecular processes of these pathogens and developing diagnostic and targeting techniques that could be  used to provide future medical breakthroughs.

This work will prevent and treat infections and limit the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Analytical Centre

Skilled use of advanced scientific instrumentation is a key part in many industries and our team is at the forefront of developing new analytical techniques to study chemical and biological systems.

Visit the Analytical Centre website.