Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics
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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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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