Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Research organisational structure

Our research activities are arranged into several research centres and divisions.


Research is generally undertaken in interdisciplinary centres, which bring together researchers around broad themes and sit within the school's two Institutes.

The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh comprises the:

  • Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit
  • Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine
  • Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre.

The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics comprises the:

  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Centre for Medical Informatics
  • Centre for Global Health Research.

It brings together researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, medical informatics, nursing and medicine and draws on a long history of public health and general practice at the University of Edinburgh.

Research centres


There is one division operating within the Deanery: the Division of Pathology.

Research divisions

Clinical Trials Unit

The Usher Institiute also hosts the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit.

ECTU website


Organisational structure

A tree diagram of our organisational structure can be downloaded as a pdf for viewing or printing