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Research and innovation in the Faculty of Life Sciences

Welcome message from the Dean

The Faculty of Life Sciences is home to a pool of talented researchers whose skills contribute innovative knowledge and understanding of the world around us. We host a wide range of research interests that use an equally wide range of technologies from qualitative interviews to highly technical world class laboratory research in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, pharmacology, ophthalmology and archaeology.

We believe strongly that research should know no barriers and that multidisciplinary approaches are the best way to fertilise the imagination of researchers to develop the most exciting projects. For this reason, we have organised our research teams into four major themes that highly encourage interdisciplinary research projects. This multidisciplinary approach is complemented by the research in our three flagship research centres carrying out excellent research focusing on cancer drug development, skin sciences and pharmaceutical engineering.

Bradford’s Faculty of Life Sciences is a setting for innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are proud to be highly active and successful throughout the long impact pathway; from discovery science to the delivery of improved patient treatments to improved healthcare pipelines.

Professor Alastair Goldman, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford

Professor Alastair Goldman, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences

Future Leadership Fellowships - UKRI

This year the University of Bradford has been awarded two prestigious Future Leadership Fellows: Researching submerged landscapes and Combatting child abuse. The awards support up to 7 years of research and a potential route into permanent academic positions.

Building on the success of the awards, the University is excited to discuss future applications for the next round of funding from UKRI (Future Leadership Fellows). We particularly invite topics that cover the Faculty of Life Sciences four interdisciplinary research themes (further information about the research themes is available below). Expressions of interest are due by 31st August 2022.

To find out more or to discuss a potential application, please contact Professor Sherif El-Khamisy, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Recent Life Sciences news

Northern Cardiovascular Research Group Meeting 2022
The 2022 meeting of the Northern Cardiovascular Research Group was held at Bradford University on 24th May. It was organised by Dr Matthew Hardy with the help of Dr Jacobo Elies, Dr Kirsten Riches-Suman and Dr Munir Hussain and attracted 102 registered delegates from across the UK. The keynote speaker of the meeting was Dr. Samantha Pitt from the University of St. Andrews who discussed how “Cellular zinc shapes calcium dynamics in the heart".

'Pint of Science' public event
Several academics from the Faculty of Life Sciences participated in the inaugural 'Pint of Science' Bradford event - the first time that this national initiative has set up a programme in our city. The event was held from Monday 9th May to Wednesday 11th May 2022.

Commercialisation of novel technology
The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering has successfully commercialised its first cocrystal based innovation 'EfferShield'. The products will be on the market in the nutritional supplement and eco-cleaning sectors and will make an impact across manufacturing, healthcare, and the environment. To celebrate this success, Professor Gautam Desiraju, the world leader in the area of crystal engineering delivered a keynote address in a webinar on Friday, 29thApril at 1 pm.

Recent publications

HA Bham, J Denniss
“Effects of glaucoma on detection and discrimination of image blur”
Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics

Giacomo Reina, Amalia Ruiz, Barbara Richichi, Giacomo Biagiotti, Gina E Giacomazzo, Lucas Jacquemin, Yuta Nishina, Cécilia Ménard-Moyon, Wafa T Al-Jamal and Alberto Bianco
“Design of a graphene oxide-BODIPY conjugate for glutathione depletion and photodynamic therapy”
2D Materials, 9 015038

Griffin J, Chen Y, Catto JWF, El-Khamisy S.
“Gene of the month: NKX3.1”
J Clin Pathol. 2022 Jan 7

Mahmoud Moustafa,Mona G. Zaghloul,Mohamed A. Sabry,Walaa S. Aboelmaaty, Refaat B. Hamed, Sherif S. Ebada,Weaam Ebrahim
“Phytobiological Investigation and In Silico Docking Study of Secondary Metabolites from Saussurea lappa Roots”
Chemistry Select, Jan 2022

Research themes

The research in the Faculty of Life Sciences is organised into four themes. They provide our academics with a framework to explore their interests and share their expertise. The themes are interdisciplinary in nature, which enables innovative collaborative research across the Faculty and the University, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other academic institutions and research groups. The research themes and their scientific specialities are listed below.

The Life Course - Cells to Systems in Health and Disease

Our research aims to understand fundamental molecular and cellular biological mechanisms and investigate them in relation to human health and disease across all stages of the life cycle.

The Interface of Chemistry, Biology and Materials

Our research combines cell biology, genetics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology to take medicines and diagnostics from concept to clinic. It also focuses on process development for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Computational and Data-Driven Science

Our research applies innovative computational approaches for the integration, analysis, and interpretation of new and repurposed data to gain value and scientific leads from the enormous quantities and diversity of data available.

Health, Society, People and Place

Our multidisciplinary research focuses on translational and applied health research within the community, educational, archaeological and forensic settings. It aims to address individual and societal challenges for the benefit of patients and the public.

Research centres

Highly innovative research focusing on specific areas of strength is carried out in our three flagship research centres. The research conducted in the centres is renowned nationally and internationally and it is part of the overarching University of Bradford research theme of Advanced Healthcare.

Institute of Cancer Therapeutics

The focus of our research is to investigate, develop and commercialise new cancer treatments in order to progress anticancer medicines and biomarkers from concept to clinic.

Centre for Skin Sciences

Our research goals are to better understand the cellular and molecular processes underlying skin and hair biology in health, wound healing and skin disease to develop innovative new products for consumers and patients.

Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science

Our research is focused on investigating product and process optimisation as well as the development of innovative formulation technologies in the area of pharmaceutical and healthcare formulation.

Research services and facilities

Our research is supported by outstanding research support facilities providing excellent advice and services to our academics.

Business and knowledge transfer

The Faculty of Life Sciences has an excellent track-record, spanning over 30 years of performing collaborative research with external organisations including industry, the NHS and charitable groups. Our translational research activities improve the impact of academic research, promote innovation and entrepreneurship within industry, increase research funding and make a valuable contribution to the growth of the UK economy.

The Faculty’s research centres offer the opportunity for external partners to work with academic staff in a wide range of healthcare, bioscience and chemistry themes ranging from pharmaceutical materials analysis to the development of novel cancer therapeutics. We offer an impressive range of contract research services and consultancy and have an enviable record of delivering excellent project outcomes. Our academic staff are highly experienced in leading and delivering successful research projects to our industry partners in a timely manner using state of the art equipment housed in modern facilities. Our blend of unique affordable services can help you develop new products, processes and capabilities to give you a competitive edge.

We also offer our industry and NHS partners assistance in obtaining public grant funding for collaborative research and have many examples of successful joint grant applications to the NIHR, IUK and the MRC. The Faculty supports companies to access and utilize our in-depth knowledge and has an excellent record of working with industry partners through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships sponsored by Innovate UK.

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