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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Learn about our newest developments

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

 
MoCpaper

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

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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.
Date:
23/01/2023

Designing bio-instructive materials for translation-ready medical devices

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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.
Date:
16/01/2023

SoLS Staff Seasonal Celebration and Awards

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The Staff Seasonal Celebration featured the Citizen of the Year awards- hearty congratulations go to this year's winners.
Date:
16/01/2023

Professor Chapman joining the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel

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The School of Life Sciences would like to congratulate Vicky Chapman on being selected to join the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel
Date:
15/12/2022

Head of School shortlisted for Times Higher Education (THE) Award 2022

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Nomination at the THE awards for Professor Clive Roberts, Head of School of Life Sciences
Date:
08/09/2022

Success in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS)

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Success in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS) for the School of Life Sciences
Date:
21/07/2022

 

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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