Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a strong community of active researchers conducting frontier research in the biosciences. Much of this research aligns with the BBSRC strategic priorities of bioscience for health, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, and agriculture and food security; and the BBSRC mission to support world-class academic bioscience research, training in the non-clinical life sciences, and delivering excellence with impact. We have particular strengths in: structural biology, photosynthesis, informatics, cell-signalling and molecular oncology.

Achieving interdisciplinarity

The QMUL BBSRC DTP research consortium includes researchers in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Physics Department, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science and Barts Cancer Institute. Interdisciplinarity is actively promoted in BBSRC priority areas via the cross-faculty Life Sciences Initiative, which brings together and supports researchers from across the University's three faculties. Other interdisciplinary platforms and structures include the Materials Research Institute, Bioengineering Institute and the Nanovision imaging centre. Postgraduate research students are further supported by the cross faculty Doctoral College which provides opportunities for additional skills and interdisciplinary training.

Investing in the future

QMUL continues to recruit outstanding senior and junior scientists working in fields supported by the BBSRC – there are new Chairs and Lectureships in Condensed Matter Physics, Biological Chemistry, Computational Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Single molecule imaging and Kinetochore Biology. QMUL continues also to invest in estate (£250M in the last 15 years) including that for the biosciences. It is anticipated that the QMUL consortium including the Life Sciences Initiative will be a significant contributor to delivering the science needed to fulfil the BBSRC remit.