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The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has shown itself to be one of the UK's elite research departments according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results of the REF reveal that 87% of the School's Chemistry research is rated as either 4-star (world-leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent) in terms of originality, significance, and rigour and for Biology this figure was 82%.

Overview

We are home to an active, cutting-edge research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of ground-breaking projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Much of this work is made possible by the wide range of in-house analytical services and core facilities. Research activity is also extended and supported by a range of collaborative research centres.

Organisation

Our research activity is split into four departments: 

Within these four departments there are groups of researchers focused on more specific topics, each group has an internationally renowned research output.

Funding

Our funding comes from a variety of research councils and institutions including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC), European Research Council (ERC), The Royal Society, The Leverhulme Trust and Medical Research Council.

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Use the table below to search for researchers by name, department, research group, or interest.







NamePositionhide DepartmentDepartmenthide Research groupResearch groupInterests
Abrahams, Dr IssacSenior LecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Solid State Structural Chemistry, Ionically Conducting Solids, BIMEVOX
Arseniyadis, Dr StelliosReader in Organic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Asymmetric catalysis - Bio-hybrid catalysis - C-H activation - Synthetic methodology development - Natural product synthesis
Barros, Dr Mario Dos ReisJoint Programme LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology (no group) Computational biology, Evolution, Molecular evolution, Phylogenetics, Population genetics
Bessant, Prof. ConradProfessorCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisBioinformatics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Software Development, Data Integration
Bray, Dr ChristopherLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisOrganic Chemistry, Total Synthesis, Synthetic Methodology
Brennan, Dr CarolineSenior LecturerBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyNeurobiology and BehaviourNeurobiology and BehaviourGenetics and Psychiatric Disease, Biology and Motivated Behaviours, Cognition, Attention
Buggs, Dr RichardSenior LecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsTree, Genomics, Ash Dieback, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics
Chass, Dr GregoryReader in Physical and Theoretical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryChemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry
Chittka, Prof LarsProfessorBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Sensory Systems, Comparative Cognition, Insect Learning and Memory, Animal Navigation
Clare, Dr ElizabethLecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsEcological Genomics, Molecular Food Webs, Bats, Mammals, Systematics, Species Interactions
Clayton, Prof DavidProfessorBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyEvolution and Genetics + Biological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourEvolution and Genetics

Biological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Behavioural Genomics, Comparative Cognition, Vocal Communication, Learning and Memory
Clyne, Dr RosemaryLecturer in Biomedical Sciences - Nanchang Joint ProgrammeCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Biomedical Science, Cell Division, Cell Cycle, Genetics, Enzymes
Crespo-Otero, Dr RachelLecturer in Theoretical/Computational Organic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Computational Chemistry, Excited States, Photochemistry, Non-adiabatic Dynamics
Curran, Dr BrendanSenior LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Eukaryotes, Heat Shock Response, Reactive Oxygen Species
Cutler, Dr R RonaldSenior LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Pharmaceuticals, Novel Antibacterial Agents, Microbiology, Infection Control
Darbari, Dr VidyaLecturer in Structural BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group)  X-ray, Crystallography, Electron microscopy, Protein-protein interaction, Ribonucleoprotein complex, Gene regulation
De Falco, Dr GiuliaLecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology) - Nanchang Joint ProgrammeCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Viruses, microRNAs, Cancer, Gene Expression
Dennis, Dr JayneLecturer in Biomedical SciencesCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Genomics, Cancer, Precision Medicine, Biomedical Science, Gene Expression
Devis, Dr Di TommasoLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryComputational Chemistry, Density Functional Theory, Molecular Dynamics, Polymorphism, Crystal Nucleation
Di Bernardi Luft, Dr CarolineLecturer in PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology(no group) Advanced EEG/fMRI methods - Learning - Creativity - Psychophysiology - Transcranial current brain simulation
Draviam-Sastry, Dr VijiSenior LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Video Microscopy - Cell division - Cancer Biology - Aneuploidy - Human cell biology   
Duffy, Dr ChristopherAcademic StaffCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisLight-harvesting, Photosynthesis, Computational Biology, Molecular physics, Xanthophylls
Eilola, Dr TiinaLecturer and Deputy Director of Taught Programmes (Psychology)Biological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological PsychologyBiological PsychologyBilingualism, Emotions, Attention, Word Recognition
Eizaguirre, Dr ChristopheSenior LecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyAquatic Ecology + Evolution and GeneticsAquatic Ecology
Evolution and Genetics
Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology, Fish, Marine Turtles
Elphick, Prof. MauriceProfessorOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and Genetics + Neurobiology and BehaviourEvolution and Genetics

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Physiology, Neuroscience, Evolution, Neuropeptide, Echinoderm, Cannabinoid
Emery, Dr NathanSenior LecturerBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Animal Cognition, Creativity, Innovative Problem-Solving, Gaze Following
Eyice-Broadbent, Dr OzgeLecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Microbial ecology - Biogeochemistry - Ecosystem function - Microbial diversity
Faulkes, Dr ChrisReader in Evolutionary Ecology and Director of the Science and Engineering Foundation ProgrammeOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and Genetics + Neurobiology and BehaviourEvolution and Genetics

Neurobiology and Behaviour
African Mole-rats, Naked Mole-rat, Social Evolution, Comparative Sociogenomics, Rodent Phylogeography, Social suppression of reproduction
Foka, Dr SevastiLecturerBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology(no group) Work and Organizational Psychology, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Wellbeing
Fornili, Dr AriannaResearch FellowChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and Photosynthesis + Physical and Theoretical ChemistryStructural Biology and Photosynthesis

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Protein Conformational Changes, Cardiac Muscle, Molecular Modelling
Garnett, Dr JamesEarly Career ResearcherChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Xray Crystallography, NMR, Molecular Microbiology, Secretion Systems, Biofilms
Gaskell, Prof SimonProfessor of Biological Chemistry, President and PrincipalChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryMass Spectrometry, Gas-phase Ion Chemistry Biomolecules, Proteomics
Giordano, Dr CristinaReader in ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Metallic ceramics - Nanostructures - Metal nitrides - Carbides
Hanke, Dr GuySenior Lecturer in Plant Cell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Photosynthesis, Electron transport, Protein-protein interaction, Cell biology,
Synthetic biology
Hannon, Dr EmilyLecturer in PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology(no group) Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention/Inattention, Perception, Memory
Hanson, Dr ChinaLecturer in Molecular Microbial EcologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Microbial diversity - Biogeography - Phage - Ecology - Dispersal - Marine
Heathcote, Prof PeterProfessor of BiochemistryCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis, Respiratory Chain Complexes, Tetrapyrrole Biosynthesis, Electron Transfer
Henry, Dr LeeSenior LecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Bacterial symbiosis, Insect ecology and evolution, Evolutionary genetics, Molecular evolution, Adaptation, Microbial ecology
Hirst, Dr AndrewReader in Marine BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyAquatic EcologyAquatic EcologyAquatic Ecology, Marine, Climate Change, Physiology, Biogeochemistry, Jellyfish
Hone, Dr DavidLecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Fossils, Paleontology, Ecology, Behaviour, Sexual Selection, Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Archosaurs, Predator-Prey Interactions, Body Size
Hurd, Dr PaulLecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyNeurobiology and BehaviourNeurobiology and BehaviourEpigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Phenotype, Environment
Janes, Dr BobSenior LecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructure-function, Polypeptide Toxins, Bioinformatics, 2struc, PCDDB, SRCD Spectroscopy, Circular Dichroism
Jones, Dr ChrisResearch FellowChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisOrganic Synthesis, Methodology, Catalysis, Reactive Intermediates, C-H functionalisation
J Iwan, Dr JonesHead of the River Communities GroupOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Freshwater Ecology, Community Structure, Food Webs, Invertabrates, Algae, Plants
Jones, Dr JanelleLecturerBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Identity, Social Connections, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Stigma
Keers, Dr RobertLecturer in PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological PsychologyBiological PsychologyPsychiatric genetics - Gene-environment interaction - Resilience - Health and Wellbeing - Pharmacogenomics - Personalized medicine
Knell, Dr RobSenior LecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsEcology, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Parasite, Immunity, Sexual Selection
Kratina, Dr PavelLecturer in Aquatic EcologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyAquatic EcologyAquatic EcologyAquatic Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change, Ecosystem Function, Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology
Lachlan, Dr RobertLecturer in PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Animal Communication, Cultural Evolution, Birdsong, Bioacoustics, Social Learning
Le Comber, Dr StevenSenior LecturerOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsComputer Models, Evolutionary Ecology, Epidemiology, Geographic profiling, Mathematical models, Spatial patterns
Lebrasseur, Dr NathalieLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisOrganic Chemistry, Synthesis, Flow Chemistry, Hypervalent Iodine Reagents
Leitch, Prof. AndrewProfessor of Plant GeneticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsPolyploidy, Cytogenetics, Plant Genomics, Stoichiogenomics, Nicotiana, Ecology, Evolution
Maconochie, Dr MarkSenior LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Genetics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science
Main, Dr EwanLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisBiochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Repeat Proteins, Protein Folding
Mareschal, Dr IsabelleLecturerBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Gaze, Human Perception, Attention, Social Neuroscience
Marinakis, Dr SarantosLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Microwave Spectroscopy, Magnetic Effects, Free Radicals, Van der Waals Complexes, Nitric Oxide, Molecular Astrophysics
McElligott, Dr AlanSenior Lecturer in Animal BehaviourBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Animal Welfare, Human Attitudes to Animal Welfare
Michael, Dr TonyDirector of Taught Programmes, Reader in Reproductive BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Reproduction, Steroid Biochemistry, Endocrine, Cortisol
Milanesi, Dr LiliaLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and Photosynthesis + Synthesis and CatalysisStructural Biology and Photosynthesis

Synthesis and Catalysis
Membrane Anchored Proteins, Synthesis, Protein Self-Assembl, Regenerative Medicine
Mullineaux, Prof ConradProfessor of Microbiology, Head of Cell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis, Electron Transport, Cyanobacteria, Fluorescence Imaging, Membrane Dynamics, Bacterial Cell Biology
Nield, Dr JonLecturer in Structural Biology, Principal Research FellowChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Computer image-processing, 3D macromolecular modelling, Photosynthesis, Medicine
Nielsen, Dr ChristianAcademic FellowChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistr(no group) Organic electronics, Organic bioelectronics, Semiconducting polymers, Materials chemistry
Nichols, Prof RichardProfessor of Evolutionary GeneticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsGenetics, Evolution, Virology, Genomics
O'Callaghan, Dr RachelLecturer in Physiology and Biomedical ScienceCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Physiology, Medicine, Biomedical Science
Osman, Dr MagdaSenior Lecturer in Experimental Cognitive PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyNeurobiology and Behaviour Neurobiology and BehaviourDecision Making, Agency and Control, Unconscious Processes, Parksinson's Disease
Palma, Dr MatteoLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisNanotechnology, Single-molecule, Molecular Electronics, Supramolecular, Nanobiotechnology, Materials
Pickersgill, Prof RichardProfessor of Structural Biology, Head of SchoolChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology, Protein Crystallography, Synthetic Biology, Enzymes, Cobalamin, Biosynthesis, Bacterial Microcompartments
Pluess, Dr MichaelSenior Lecturer in Developmental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological Psychology + Neurobiology and BehaviourBiological Psychology

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Environmental Sensitivity, Positive Development, Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, Behaviour Genetics
Preece, Dr MarkSenior Lecturer in Biomedical SciencesCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyNeurobiology and BehaviourNeurobiology and BehaviourPsychopharmacology, Neuropharmacology, fMRI, Brain Imaging
Puddefoot, Dr JohnLecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Steroid Hormones, Cancer, Peptides
Resmini, Prof. MarinaProfessor of Materials Chemistry, Head of Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Biomimetic Systems, Artificial Receptors, Catalysis, Synthesis, Molecular Imprinting
Roessler, Dr MaxieLecturer in Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPhysical and Theoretical Chemistry + Structural Biology and PhotosynthesisPhysical and Theoretical Chemistry

Structural Biology and Photosynthesis
Spectroscopy, Metalloproteins, Electrochemistry, EPR, Respiratory Enzymes, Mitochondria
Rossberg, Dr AxelReader in Aquatic BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology(no group) Aquatic - ecology - Biodiversity - Community structure - Food webs - Conservation - Spatial patterns - Mathematical models
Rossiter, Prof StephenProfessor, Head of Organismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and GeneticsEvolution and GeneticsEvolution, Ecology, Genomics, Genetics, Mammals, Bats
Ruban, Prof. AlexanderProfessor in BiophysicsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisStructural Biology and PhotosynthesisPhotosynthesis, Light Harvesting, Light Adaptation Memory, Structural Dynamics, Genetics
Schroeder, Dr Bob CAcademic FellowChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group)  
Sheriff, Dr TippuLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Organic Synthesis, Small Molecule Activation, Catalysis, Novel Manganese Complexes
Stieglitz, Dr BenLecturer - Nanchang Joint ProgrammeChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group) Ubiquitin - Host-pathogen interaction - Anti-microbial resistance - Structural biology - Enzymology
Stollewerk, Dr AngelikaReader in Evolutionary Developmental BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and Genetics + Neurobiology and BehaviourEvolution and Genetics

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Neurobiology, Evolution, Arthropods, Neurogenesis, Neural Precursor Identity
Trimmer, Prof MarkProfessor of Biogeochemistry, Director of ResearchOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyAquatic EcologyAquatic EcologyAquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Stable Isotopes, Ecosystem Function, Marine, Biochemistry
Viles, Dr JohnReader in BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryStructural Biology and Photosynthesis + Neurobiology and BehaviourStructural Biology and Photosynthesis

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Protein Misfolding, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimers, Prions, Spectroscopy, Biochemistry
Vlcek, Prof TonyProfessor of Inorganic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryPhysical and Theoretical ChemistryTransition-metal Chemistry, Photophysics, Photochemistry, Time-resolved Spectroscopy, Excited States, Photocatalysis, Solar Fuels, Electron Transfer, Metalloproteins
Watkinson, Prof MikeProfessor in Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisDesign, Synthesis, Ligands, Azamacrocyclic Ligands, Metal Complexes, Catalysis
Wilkinson, Dr ShaneSenior LecturerCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology(no group) Trypanosoma, Leishmania, Drug Development, Bioreductive Prodrugs, Drug Resistance
Wurm, Dr YannickSenior Lecturer in BioinformaticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal BiologyEvolution and Genetics + Neurobiology and BehaviourEvolution and Genetics

Neurobiology and Behaviour
Ants, Genomics, Evolution, Sociality, Behaviour
Wyatt, Dr PeterSenior LecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and BiochemistrySynthesis and CatalysisSynthesis and CatalysisOrganic Synthesis, Amino acids, Luminescent Materials
Zarbakhsh, Dr AliLecturerChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry(no group)

 

Interfaces, Surfactants, Membrane Transport, Biosensors, Scattering
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