Life Sciences Research at Leicester

Our impactful research is world-leading, covering the breadth of biological sciences through to clinical specialities and health sciences. Strong relationships with the NHS and industry enable us to draw on our novel discoveries to solve the most pressing issues. Research awards and outcomes are thriving due to our ambitious, multidisciplinary approach; underpinned by continued investment in facilities and infrastructure, building exciting research programmes that make a real difference nationally and internationally and engaging with the ethnically diverse surroundings that make Leicester so special.

Research Institutes

The College of Life Sciences hosts two of the University's flagship Research Institutes:

Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI)

LPMI's mission is to discover, develop and advance early, accurate diagnosis that provides the best treatment and disease management options for individual patients. Integrating approaches in genomics; proteomics, metabolomics, digital monitoring, imaging and clinical measures on electronic healthcare records will provide a previously unavailable scale of information to better predict, diagnose and treat disease.

Leicester Institute for Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB)

LISCB brings together established strengths in structural biology, chemical biology and single-molecule research. The Institute takes advantage of synergies in research technologies and approaches to deliver major advances in both fundamental and translational research. LISCB hosts the Midlands regional cryo-electron microscopy facility.

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Research Departments

Our Researchers are grouped in a small number of departments and centres:

Cardiovascular Sciences

Our research has contributed to major advances in the treatment of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, hypertension and stroke, and at a fundamental level improved our understanding of the causes, including genetic predisposition, to cardiovascular diseases. In addition, our expertise in genetics, novel biomarkers and clinical trials maps to Leicester Precision Medicine Institute.

Genetics & Genome Biology (GGB)

Our research uses a cross-organism approach to emphasize the importance of genetics as a common language for understanding the biology of organisms. We are pushing back the frontiers of knowledge in genome dynamics, diversity and evolution; human and medical genetics; microbial genetics and pathogenicity and plant genetics.

Health Sciences

Our established strengths span epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, primary care, health services research, and psychiatry. We lead innovative, multidisciplinary and multi-method solutions to research questions, with a mission to conduct high quality scientific research that informs policies and practices aimed at securing people's health and well-being

Respiratory Sciences

Respiratory Sciences brings together basic and clinical scientists with established strengths in communicable diseases respiratory sciences and immunology. Discover how we develop, research, promote and impact transformative fundamental molecular and cellular investigations, through to clinical, epidemiological approaches.

Molecular & Cell Biology

Our research uses cutting-edge technologies to address fundamental questions ranging from the structure and function of biological macromolecules to the behaviour, physiology and pharmacology of whole organisms.  Our research strengths lie in the areas of structural biology, regulation of gene expression, cell biology of disease and the mechanisms of signalling between and within cells.

Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour

Our research explores the relationship between brain function and behaviour, through a multi-discipline approach we conduct first class fundamental investigations and applied studies.

Discover our strength in integrating basic science with clinical interest in brain function, psychology, psychiatry and disease.

Research Centres

Cancer Studies Research Centre

Basic scientists and clinicians lead new discoveries in chemoprevention, early detection and personalised medicine.

Centre for Systems Neurosciences

Scientists focus their research around the study of neurons and their network activity and how sensory information lead leads to conscious perception.

Diabetes Research Centre

A Centre that is delivering excellence in clinical care underpinned by innovative and world leading clinical research, particularly in the areas of: early detection; prevention; structured education; new therapies and teaching and training for both patients and health care professionals.


An interdisciplinary network focussed on: Dynamics of Infection (key areas are health, immunity, infection control, food safety and microbiomics) and Bacterial Physiology and Genetics (key areas are antimicrobial drug resistance, bacteriophages, genomics, drug development and food production).


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