Strong strategic support from the School of Applied Sciences and the University has led to dramatic growth in research in Biological Sciences over the past seven years, enabling us both to become a distinct Department and to submit for the first time to REF 2014.

Our research includes the study of infectious diseases, molecular carcinogenesis and drug design, the structural biology and biochemistry of food macromolecules, the molecular basis of circadian rhythms, forensic entomology, the origins of animals and transposable elements, the dispersals of modern humans, and the development of new methods for analysing forensic and archaeological DNA. There is a strong interdisciplinary focus, with several staff working at the boundaries between groups or contributing to more than one group; many also work at the interface with groups in Pharmacy, Chemistry and Physics.