Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics


We’re shedding new light on the biological processes that shape our world.

By studying cells, organisms and molecular genetics, our team is developing powerful new knowledge about how genes create organisms – and how those organisms adapt in their environments. We’re using and sharing our research to make a diverse range of products, from biofuels and synthetic polymers to the cheese in your fridge. At the same time, we’re informing vital decisions around food security and species conservation in developing countries.

Our research

Exploring the building blocks that make up every species on earth opens up fascinating, far-reaching opportunities. From medicine to conservation, green energy to food security, our inclusive, imaginative work brings researchers from diverse disciplines together to achieve groundbreaking results.

Our impact

We’re making a positive impact across a whole range of sectors, driving the development of new products like biofuels, synthetic polymers and even everyday cheese. We’re also making a powerful contribution to conservation and food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

As an outward-looking team, we’re always looking to share knowledge and inspire others through initiatives like Pint of Science and Open Air Laboratories, as well as spotlight projects like Jeremy the snail, Camels of the desert and the 25 Genome Project. We collaborate widely both outside the division and the University and make a significant contribution to biology, genetics, zoology and natural sciences teaching.

Our ambition

We’re here to conduct powerful research that makes a difference in the real world – deepening our understanding of fundamental biology so we can harness its potential to improve lives. For us, that means contributing to the development of new medicines, preventing the spread of disease, providing the clean fuels of the future, empowering vulnerable communities to feed themselves, and so much more. Along the way, we want to share our knowledge, inspire new generations of scientists and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

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Microscopic Image of RNA demethylation

Synaptic Tagging Publication

Explore how Dr Helen Miranda Knight's lab have gained understanding of how methylation of RNA plays a key role at synapses and potentially underpins neurological conditions


Exploring the TRIF Protein

Learn how Mary O'Connell has explored how the TRIF protein contributes to the immune system and how optimal TRIF function is achieved

Circular Diagram of a Genome mapped out

Human Microbial Research

See more about Fiona Whelan's research that investigates human microbes, their ecological patterns and the associations of genetic elements during dysbiosis

Professor Levi Yant making observations near a cliff-face.

Future Food Beacon Contribution

Learn how Professor Levi Yant's expertise in genomic evolution contributes to the University's Future Food Beacon


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Athena Swan Gold Award for Life Sciences

Athena Swan Gold Award for Life Sciences
The university's School of Life Sciences has been awarded a prestigious Gold award in the latest round of Athena SWAN submissions.A Gold award recognises a significant and sustained record of activity and achievement by the School in addressing challenges across the full range of its activities and promoting gender equality within and beyond.

Mary O'Connell and colleagues receive £2 million award from Wellcome Trust

Congratulations to Prof Mary O'Connell and colleagues on their recent award from the Wellcome Trust under their special call on 'Biological vulnerability to extreme heat in maternal and child health'. This program will generate critical new knowledge on biological mechanisms affected by heat stress during early pregnancy that can alter life-course health in subsequent generations.

Innovate UK award to School of Life Sciences spin-out company

Congratulations to Prof Paul Dyer and the spin-out company Myconeos Ltd from the School of Life Sciences in their award of a major new Innovate UK grant.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 8- SoLS Deadline 12th April

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham is currently inviting applications from talented early career researchers for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme. The date to submit applications to the internal School sift is the 12th April.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Applications from talented early career researchers for the Royal Society Newton International Fellowships scheme are are now open. The scheme provides up to £350,000 over 3 years including salary, research expenses, relocation and visa costs for the applicant and their dependents (partner and children).

Professor Paul Greenhaff gives interview on the negative effects of inactivity on muscle

Professor Paul Greenhaff discusses inactivity- the imperceived muscle stressor

Professor Clive Roberts as part of the new 3D printing research project

A new research project has been awarded over £6m to develop a toolkit to allow 3D printed medicines to be manufactured effectively bringing innovations like biological personalised pills and 'living plasters' closer to commercial production.

Designing bio-instructive materials for translation-ready medical devices

Professors Ghaemmaghami and Williams from the School of Life Sciences together with colleagues from Schools of Pharmacy, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, and the Faculty of Engineering have been awarded a £5.1M grant by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a project entitled: Designing bio-instructive materials for translation-ready medical devices.

SoLS Staff Seasonal Celebration and Awards

The Staff Seasonal Celebration featured the Citizen of the Year awards- hearty congratulations go to this year's winners.

Professor Chapman joining the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel

The School of Life Sciences would like to congratulate Vicky Chapman on being selected to join the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel


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Spotlight projects

Unravelling the gene mutations behind rare heart disorders

See how we’re searching for the causes of life-threatening congenital conditions.


Revealing the remarkable genetic history of Arabian camels

Find out how we’re unlocking the secrets of an increasingly important species.


Breaking new ground at our Synthetic Biology Research Centre

Discover how we’re creating sustainable, economical speciality chemicals.


Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH