Research in the Institute spans the complete range of biological scales from genes and genetic regulation through proteins, post-translational modification and cellular function to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems. We use state-of-the-art “omics” technologies to generate large data-sets both within and across these scales. We also develop new mathematical and computational models to make sure we can fully exploit these data.
IIB has four cross-cutting research themes:
Dynamics and management of host-microbe interactions
This theme investigates host-microbe interactions across scales, from the molecular interplay between microbe and host, through to modelling the changes in parasite frequency in populations.
Molecular basis of therapeutic targeting
The theme of molecular basis of therapeutic targeting deals with the identification and study of key biological macromolecules that influence disease processes, or change in response to pathological conditions.
From genomes to biological systems
Utilising modern technology which is enabling the study of genetic differences between individuals (genomics), the nature of proteins encoded by those genes (proteomics), and the flux of chemicals within cells (metabolomics).
Adaptation to environmental change
The world's natural and agricultural resources face major challenges from a changing climate and a growing human population. We aim to understand the fundamental biology of how organisms respond to environmental change.
Our home in the Biosciences Building boasts eight, large, well-equipped laboratories, complimented by state-of-the-art facilities and specialist centres.
Postgraduate research opportunities
We offer PhD programmes across a wide-range of topics, brought together by our four themes.