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Research themes

We aim to grow our world-leading research, delivering disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary distinction, increasing our international profile and generating global impact.

To realise this research ambition the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences has structured its research around five broad themes with evidence of underpinning excellence:

Biological samples

Integrative biosystems

To deliver research-led innovations across the entire life sciences (‘molecules to the biosphere’) through integrative science that makes a tangible difference to our society and planet.

DNA Sequencing


Understanding the molecular basis, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer, and its translation into improved care and cures for cancer patients.

Petri dish

Immunology, infection and inflammation

Our ambition is to deliver public and patient benefit by identifying both the causes of disease and novel treatment strategies.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI

Mind, brain and neuroscience

We aim to implement a unique ‘synapse to society’ translational pipeline to deliver an integrated, strategically focused research programme.

Medical results and stethoscope

Population health

Promoting health and well-being by seeking to tackle the major public health issues within society today.

The themes are intended to support the objectives of the University’s strategy The Way Forward 2018-2023.They will be the primary research drivers, and will facilitate the development and integration of research across the full spectrum of the College’s activities.

The themes will:

  • enable the College to develop critical mass, coherence and scale
  • deliver excellence across a broad range of College research activities
  • identify, build and support inter- and intra-College collaborations
  • foster research where the College has the potential to be world leading
  • identify and grow interdisciplinary research synergies
  • aid the development and enhancement of international links
  • facilitate better engagement with external funders
  • provide focus in the pursuit of Cardiff University’s ‘Way Forward’ strategy.

Theme leads

Each theme has an appointed ‘Lead’ with oversight from the College’s Dean of Research.

  • Integrative Biosystems – Professor Peter Kille (School of Biosciences)
  • Mind, Brain and Neuroscience – Professor Jeremy Hall (School of Psychology)
  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunity – Professor Simon Jones (School of Medicine)
  • Cancer – Professor John Chester (School of Medicine)
  • Population Health – Professor Shantini Paranjothy (School of Medicine)