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Biological Sciences

  • Cells and tissues: biomedicine, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, molecular genetics, musculoskeletal biology, molecular pharmacology, developmental and stem cell biology
  • Molecular microbiology: biochemistry, physiology, ecology, cell and developmental biology, elemental cycle, environmental microbiology, discovery of novel antimicrobial agents
  • Organisms and the environment: biodiversity, conservation, behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary biology, macroecology, molecular ecology, population biology
  • Plant sciences: plant RNA biology
  • Synthetic biology of plants and microbes

Find out more on the Biological Sciences webpages.



  • Analytical and bio-analytical chemistry
  • Chemical biology and bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry
  • Computational and theoretical chemistry
  • Energy materials
  • Molecular and structural biochemistry
  • Nanosciences
  • Synthetic biology
  • Synthetic organic, inorganic and materials chemistry
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy

Find out more on the Chemistry webpages.


Computing Sciences

  • Computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics for improved decision making
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Graphics, vision, and speech
  • Internet of things and edge computing
  • Machine learning, statistics and data science
  • Telecommunications and connected society

Find out more on the Computing Sciences webpages.



  • Functional materials
  • Graphene and nanostructured materials
  • Multiscale fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Optical fibre sensors based on nanostructured coatings
  • Optimization driven design and computational mechanics
  • Solar energy and photovoltaics

Find out more on the Engineering webpages.


Environmental Sciences

  • Climate research and climate change
  • Ecology and environmental biology
  • Environmental economics and ecosystem services
  • Geosciences and natural hazards
  • Human and physical geography of the environment
  • Ocean and atmospheric sciences
  • Science, society and sustainability

Find out more on the Environmental Sciences webpages.



  • Algebra and combinatorics
  • Biological and industrial mathematics
  • Environmental mathematics
  • Fluid and solid mechanics
  • Logic
  • Mathematical physics
  • Quantum fluids
  • Representation theory
  • Scientific computing

Find out more on the Mathematics webpages.



  • Age-related diseases
  • Cancer research
  • Drug delivery
  • Epigenetics
  • Improving pharmacy practice
  • Medicinal chemistry and chemical biology
  • Natural products
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Patient adherence to medication
  • Pharmaceutical characterisation
  • Receptor signalling
  • Soft matter

Find out more on the Pharmacy webpages.


Biological Sciences and Medicine: Norwich Bioscience Institutes

John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute Bioscience (formerly the Institute of Food Research), the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory cover the following themes:

  • Evolutionary biology and population genomics
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food safety: microbes in the food chain and food authenticity
  • Genomics, computational and systems biology
  • Gut biology, health, and microbiome
  • Molecular microbiology and metagenomics of complex microbial communities
  • Plant and crop growth, development and yield
  • Plant and microbial metabolism and biological chemistry
  • Plant bioactives and foods for health
  • Plant pathogens and innate immunity
  • Synthetic biology and biotechnology

Find out more on the Norwich Bioscience Institutes webpages.


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