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School of the Biological Sciences


Following extensive consultation, six new cross-cutting Research Themes have emerged to provide integration across the School, encourage new conversations and enhance interdisciplinary networking critical for major innovation.

We are currently developing new content to showcase the Research Themes and will be adding to these pages in the coming months.

Members of the School can find specific information about the Research Themes and other areas of interest on the School Information Hub.

Overarching Aims

  • Promote collaboration and interaction across traditional Departmental boundaries
  • Contribute to a research culture that is inclusive and supportive
  • Increase opportunities for involvement in major funding bids
  • Enhance targeted philanthropy and industrial engagement

Theme Leads


Molecules and Cells: The Building Blocks of Life

Catherine Lindon, Pharmacology
Ewa Paluch, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Luca Pellegrini, Biochemistry
Ritwick Sawarkar, MRC Toxicology Unit

Infection and Immunity

Louise Boyle, Pathology
Stephen Graham, Pathology
Olivier Restif, Veterinary Medicine

Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

Elisa Galliano, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Rebecca Lawson, Psychology
Amy Milton, Psychology
Jasper Poort, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Ewan St. John Smith, Pharmacology
Marta Zlatic, Zoology

Functional and Evolutionary Genomics

Michael Boemo, Pathology
Ian Henderson, Plant Sciences
Anna Protasio, Pathology
Aylwyn Scally, Genetics

Reproduction, Development and Lifelong Health

Dino Giussani, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Walid Khaled, Pharmacology /Stem Cells
Emma Rawlins, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience/ Gurdon
Ben Steventon, Genetics

Organisms, Evolution and Ecology

David Coomes, Plant Sciences
Beverley Glover, Plant Sciences / Botanic Garden
Jason Head, Zoology / Museum of Zoology
Chris Jiggins, Zoology
Kiran Patil, MRC Toxicology Unit