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University of Bath

Medical and industrial biotechnology

Our research focuses on a fundamental understanding of the molecular processes of life, especially those involved in health and disease.

Our theme studies fundamental biological interactions and reactions to deliver advances in medical and industrial biotechnology.

Our research spans novel detection methodologies for biomarkers, drugs and biopharmaceuticals through to metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and design of therapeutics.

The theme area directly develops new products and solutions that we seek to apply, through collaboration and direct commercialisation.

Expertise in the theme includes:

  • molecular biology
  • enzymology
  • biophysics
  • metabolic engineering
  • synthetic biology
  • chemical biology
  • cell culture in stirred tank and photo-bioreactors
  • X-ray crystallography
  • nuclear magnetic resonance
  • structure-based drug design

We have strong links with other Departments within the University, including Physics, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and also enjoy considerable industrial collaborations.

Members of the theme are affiliated with the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation, Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices and the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University.

Research areas:

  • enzyme stability, catalysis and metabolism
  • protein structure
  • inflammation
  • diagnostics and vaccine development
  • cell signalling
  • membrane trafficking
  • metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • DNA repair
  • protein-protein interactions
  • peptide library screening approaches


There are opportunities for postgraduate research throughout our group. Interested students are encouraged to contact academic staff directly or check our PhD projects on

Find out more about studying for a postgraduate degree at Bath.