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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 six broad themes with evidence of underpinning excellence:

DNA Sequencing

Cancer

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

Biological samples

Developmental and Regenerative Biology

Understanding development and cellular differentiation to deliver new mechanistic insights and translational applications in regenerative medicine, wound healing and tissue repair.

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.

Cancer

Professor John Chester

Professor John Chester

Research Theme Lead - Cancer

Email
chesterjd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2074 4367

Developmental and Regenerative Biology

Professor Peter Kille

Professor Peter Kille

Director of Technology, Bio-Initiatives Director

Email
kille@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4507

Immunology, Infection and Inflammation

Professor Simon Jones

Professor Simon Jones

Dean of Research; Research Theme Lead - Infection, Inflammation & Immunity

Email
jonessa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 7325

Mechanisms of Living Systems

Professor Peter Kille

Professor Peter Kille

Director of Technology, Bio-Initiatives Director

Email
kille@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4507

Mind, Brain and Neuroscience

Professor Jeremy Hall

Professor Jeremy Hall

Director of Division of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Director of Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, Hon. Consultant Psychiatrist.

Email
hallj10@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 29 20 688 342

Population Health

Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine. Population Health Theme Lead, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Email
paranjothys@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 7245