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Research at the School of Biosciences

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

Researcher in the lab

Our research ranges across the biological and biomedical sciences and is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes with access to state-of-the-art technology facilities.

Our key areas of focus include:

  • global change and its impacts
  • molecular mechanisms of life and disease
  • modelling and engineering living systems.

Research divisions

Our research is organised into four divisions:

Microscopy image for Pathophysiology and Repair Division


The Biomedicine division focuses on the molecular mechanisms of normal and disease systems and the processes that drive repair and regeneration.

A closeup of some molecular structures.

Molecular biosciences

This innovative division focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning biological function.

Sky through the trees

Organisms and environment

This division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health, and at the population genetic level.



The Neuroscience Division pursues a broad range of neurobiological research, aimed at finding out how the brain works.

In addition to the above, we also have an active Education and Scholarship division.

International reputation

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results showed that 88% of research activity in Biological Sciences in Cardiff is officially world-leading or internationally excellent. We are ranked 7th for research impact and 8th for research power in Biological Sciences in the UK.

In the 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (Shanghai Ranking), based on research strength and performance, Biological Sciences at Cardiff University is ranked 27th worldwide and 4th in the UK.