School of Biological Sciences


The University of Leicester has an international reputation for research excellence. Biological Sciences academics are involved in research across the departments within the College of Life Sciences

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

The research of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology covers physico-chemical mechanisms through to cell and developmental biology. Particular interests include:

  • Single molecule approaches to understanding biological systems
  • The structure, dynamics and assembly of macromolecular complexes
  • Channels, receptors and signalling
  • The regulation of gene expression

Department of Genetics and Genome Biology

Since the world changing discovery of DNA fingerprinting by Sir Alec Jeffreys the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology has continued to expand its research into:

  • Genetic variation, mutation and evolution within genomes and populations
  • Medical genetics
  • Behavioural genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbial genetics and pathogenicity

Department of Respiratory Sciences

The Department of Respiratory Sciences brings together basic and clinical scientists with established strengths in:

  • Microbial sciences
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Kidney diseases
  • Immunology

School of Psychology and Vision Sciences

The School of Psychology and Vision Sciences integrates basic science with clinical interests in brain function, psychology, psychiatry and disease. Particular research strengths include:

  • Cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • Perception and sensory processing
  • Behaviour and cognition
  • Health and psychological wellbeing

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