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.
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:
- Type II diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
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.
- 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
- Polymer and inorganic nano and microparticles
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.
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.