Our research tackles major challenges in plant, animal and human health, as we seek a fundamental understanding of biology across the life sciences. Our work spans all scales: from the atomic structures of protein complexes, through to cell and tissue function in whole organisms, to population and ecosystem level analyses.

We are changing the way we understand the principles and mechanisms of life through a series of interrelated research themes encompassing:

Collaboration and translation

We work closely with colleagues across the University of Bristol, including the Faculties of Health Sciences, Science and Engineering.

Beyond Bristol, we work with our partner universities in the GW4 Alliance: Bath, Cardiff, and Exeter.

Multidisciplinary collaborations demonstrate the Faculty's commitment to translating its expertise in fundamental biomedical research.

Research institutes and centres

Our academics are renowned for their close engagement with industry both in the UK and internationally to develop and implement the findings of our research in industrial scenarios.

We particularly pride ourselves on tackling global challenges in collaboration with academics all over the world.

Cross-cutting themes

Underpinning our research themes is a world class state-of-the-art infrastructure for:

  • Imaging (Wolfson Bioimaging, flow cytometry, eye-tracking and motion-capture, and CRICBristol)
  • 'Omics and informatics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and their associated bioinformatic needs)
  • Responsible research and innovation

Research seminars

Research seminars are listed on our events page

Botanic Garden

We are a major stakeholder in the University’s 1.8-hectare Botanic Garden, a key educational resource for our students and local schools, and a cultural attraction for the city of Bristol.

Fellowships and awards

The Faculty's outstanding academic staff includes:

  • 5 Fellows of the Royal Society
  • 7 members of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 10 Wellcome Trust Investigator Award holders
  • 3 European Research Council Advanced Grant award holders
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