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 82% of the School's Biology research is rated as either 4-star (world-leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent) in terms of originality, significance, and rigour.
Within this department are two major internationally-recognised research themes:
- Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics
- Biomedical Sciences
There are strong synergies between the two areas in terms of techniques used, including biochemistry and molecular biology, electron microscopy (single particle, thin-section and freeze-fracture), confocal microscopy and various forms of fluorescence spectroscopy.
Our Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics team is the strongest in UK, and has gained international recognition for its innovative work with the dynamic properties of the intact photosynthetic membrane and the design and regulation of photosynthetic light-harvesting and electron transport.
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences also boasts an internationally renowned expertise in mechanisms of redox sensing and control in chloroplasts and mitochondria, including the description of the chloroplast sensor kinase which couples electron transport to chloroplast gene transcription.
The Biomedical research theme includes work on understanding the role of epigenetics and post-translational modifications in human health and disease and the mode of action/mechanisms of resistance to clinically used anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal drugs. Our expertise in the biology of bacteria and trypanosomes has enabled us to initiate some pre-clinical drug discovery work.