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Research environment

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is one of the UK’s largest centres for research and teaching across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Our research spans subatomic to global levels of analysis, and includes research on:

  • Materials chemistry and synthetic chemistry
  • Protein structure and function
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cell biology
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Cognitive biology and psychology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Aquatic and terrestrial ecology

Research in our School is divided into four departments. You can read more about these groups, and the research interests of the academics within them, by visiting our department pages:

My supervisors are exceptionally helpful and supportive. We have weekly meetings, research discussions and theory meetings, where we explore the world of science.
Mariya Chernobryva, PhD student

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and who regularly produce work that appears in high-impact multidisciplinary journals (for example Nature and Science) as well as leading specialist journals (including Current Biology and the Journal of the American Chemical Society). Our academics also write books, lead international conferences and comment in the media.

In this video Dr Richard Buggs discusses a research project which aims to breed ash trees, from our native populations, that have resistance to foreign pests and diseases.

You will also benefit from the additional insight and expertise offered by our strong collaborative links, which include partnerships with other academic departments at Queen Mary, as well as with external universities, research institutes and industry, including the Environment Agency, Kew, the Natural History Museum, the Institute of Zoology, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca and EU Nanodrug.

Outstanding postgraduate resources

We offer a friendly, interactive and lively environment for students undertaking our postdoctoral degrees. As a student with us, you will also be able to take advantage of London’s position as a major international centre for scientific meetings and conferences. Our research resources include excellent library and information services, and a high-speed computer network that provides access to a wide range of databases and other electronic sources of information.

We have recently benefited from a £4.5m refurbishment of the Fogg Building (biology and psychology) and £1m investment in the Joseph Priestley building (chemistry and biochemistry) to build new research laboratories. Our core research facilities offer a wide range of analytical and other research services for staff, students and external clients. You can read more about these on our facilities page.

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