Biological Sciences

Research

Our research ranges from fundamental cell and evolutionary biology through to biomedical and industrial applications. We aim to make exciting scientific discoveries and to ensure our research makes a difference in the world.

We are one of the largest centres of biological science in the UK. The 2014 UK research excellence assessment placed us 3rd in the UK for our research quality, and we are ranked in the UK top 5 and world top 25 for biological sciences in both the QS and Times Higher world university rankings. We place a particularly strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, linking complementary approaches in theoretical and experimental science and working closely with physical sciences, engineering, medical and veterinary sciences.

Research themes

Our research is focused around four main themes which bring together diverse research interests to answer some of the most interesting fundamental questions about life and to create solutions to global challenges.

Research groups

There are more than 130 research groups in the School, each led by a Principal Investigator.

Research Centres

Formal groupings for interdisciplinary research between life science disciplines and linking the life and physical sciences.

Research Institutes

To support our Research Themes, six institutes provide an underlying organisational structure.

Research facilities

A very wide range of facilities is available to support our research projects.

Bioinformatics support

We have excellent bioinformatics facilities and support based in the School.

Research Ethics and Integrity

All researchers in the School follow the UKRIO code of good practice in research.

Excellence with Impact

The School of Biological Sciences and The Roslin Institute are together leading the University's 'Excellence with Impact' agenda for research in the biological and life sciences.

Related links

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA)

We work with colleagues in other Scottish universities to maintain the country's world-class research base.

SULSA

 

Research with commercial partners

Access for industry to our scientific facilities and the expert staff who run them.

Commercial services

Research careers

We provide a welcoming and supportive environment for developing your research career, with mentoring and bespoke training available to all research and academic staff.

Research careers