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Integrative biosystems

Biological samples

We 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.

The unique feature of Integrative Biosystems is that it spans the life and biomedical sciences whilst being unified by an underpinning framework based on integration across disciplines and scales.

By connecting across scales, Integrative Biosystems enable phenomena at finer scale to be conceptualised and developed at higher orders. Integrative Biosystems embrace a range of approaches, including big data, -omics, high throughput, systems and dynamic approaches ranging through molecular systems, living cells, cellular and physiological systems, whole organisms and ecosystems. Integrative Biosystems has been structured around sub-themes that reflect current strengths, perceived future opportunities and deliver cohesion around activities that scale across molecules-cells-tissues-organisms-biosphere which are underpinned by close collaborative working with physical sciences and engineering.


  • To pro-actively bring together the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences and College of Physical Sciences and Engineering research communities to share interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in order to tackle the major global health and environment challenges of our time.
  • Through support of research across the sub-themes, develop our potential around Cellular Therapeutics for Repair and Regeneration, Global Change and Adaption, Engineering Living Systems and Drug Design and Dynamics in line with strategic funding priorities.
  • To deliver the widest possible impact of our knowledge generation through an understanding of its scalability and hence implementation potential and also through active engagement with end users (eg policy makers, clinicians, the public).
  • To support underpinning technologies development through strategic infrastructure investment/placement.
  • To build fruitful collaborations with GW4, international and business partners to develop Global Health Living in its broadest concept.
  • To identify emerging critical mass groupings to seed the next generation of University Centres/Research Institutes.

Theme lead

Professor Peter Kille

Director of Environmental Omics Synthesis Centre, NERC Honorary Fellow Centre of Ecology and Hydrology