Research themes


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.

Prof Claire Eyers - Research Strategy Lead

IIB has four cross-cutting research themes:

Salmonella - Host Microbe Interactions

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

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.


Daphnia - Genomes to Systems

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

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. 


Lab space

Research facilities

Our home in the Biosciences Building boasts eight, large, well-equipped laboratories, complimented by state-of-the-art facilities and specialist centres.


PhD opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities

We offer PhD programmes across a wide-range of topics, brought together by our four themes.