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Department of Biology & Biochemistry research

We are one of the leading research-intensive biosciences departments in the UK.

Research themes

We carry out research on animals, plants and microorganisms across a broad range of areas from cell and developmental biology, structural and molecular biology to evolutionary biology and biodiversity.

Infection and Immunity

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We address questions related to the origins and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, disease epidemiology and evolution.

Impact from our Research Excellence

100% of our research environment achieved a 4* or 3* rating, defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). Learn more about how our research helps to shape a better future.

Our Research Centres

Our research centres build a lively research community across intra- and interdisciplinary fields.

Cancer Research at Bath

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Our mission is to improve cancer patient outcomes by fostering links between Bath’s scientists and clinicians.

Our Contribution to Other Research Centres

We also support research in faculty- and university-wide interdisciplinary research centres.

Centre for Therapeutic Innovation

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We transform innovation, arisen from basic research, to diagnostics and prognostics, medicines design and delivery, leading to personalised medicine.

Institute for Mathematical Innovation

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The Institute for Mathematical Innovation delivers multi-disciplinary and mathematically grounded research for real-world, societal and industrial challenges.

Our Facilities

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities available for teaching, research and industry with expert support from University staff.

Biotechnology Suite

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A multi-user facility providing protein expression and purification services to researchers across the University and beyond.

Doctoral Training

We offer projects over a broad spectrum of subject areas. Projects are available as part of Doctoral Training Partnerships as well as on an individual basis.

Doctoral College

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We support and enrich the experience of our doctoral researchers and play a key role in developing policy and strategy relevant to doctoral study.

Join us

Apply now for one of our academic positions.

Research Consortium

Find out more about research consortia in which we participate.

Major Grants

Find out more about some of our major research grants.


EvoGenMed - Evolutionary genomics: new perspectives and novel medical applications

EvoGenMed - Evolutionary genomics: new perspectives and novel medical applications

Biofuel production

Biofuel production

An integrated approach to explore a novel paradigm for biofuel production from lignocellulosic feedstocks

Role of 5hmC in colon cancer

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Two-stage genome-wide 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) reprogramming during colorectal carcinogenesis and liver metastasis

Our Spin out Companies

Find out more about our spin out companies, which resulted from commercialising our research.


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CiteAb is a leading life science data provider used by researchers and commercially by many of the world’s leading reagent suppliers and investment companies.

BLOC Laboratories

BLOC Laboratories

BLOC Laboratories has created a suite of software tools to help researchers working with biomolecules to rapidly advance the understanding of their system.

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Specialisms in the department include cell & developmental biology, medical & industrial biotechnology, infection & immunity and evolutionary biology & biodiversity.

The outstanding quality of our research is reflected in the level of external funding from UK Research Councils, medical charities, European Union and industry, as well as publications in top international journals (Nature, Science, PNAS and PLoS Biology).