Research

The world faces unprecedented challenges to sustain and keep healthy both its growing population and the planet's ecosystems. Biosciences has a crucial role to play in both understanding the underlying mechanisms and in researching solutions.

Our research ranges across the biological sciences from the understanding of precisely how neurons grow, to the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases, the molecular basis of animal and plant development and exploring the genetics of orang-utans, elephants, pandas and other endangered species.

Research is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes with access to a range of state-of-the-art technology facilities. Our reputation is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that we attract annually and by our consistent high level of publications in top international journals. We encourage high-level interdisciplinary collaborations both nationally and internationally.

We are ranked 13th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In this assessment 60% of our research was deemed 'outstanding' for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.

In the 2014 World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) complied by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Life Sciences at Cardiff University was ranked in the top 100 worldwide and the top 10 in the UK.

Our research is organised into four divisions that reflect discipline areas and six cross-cutting themes, which are integrated in the research themes of the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

Our divisions

Our themes

  • Cancer
  • Engineering Living Systems
  • Mechanisms of Life and Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • New Technologies
  • Sustainable Planet