Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

The research conducted in these subject areas aims to further our understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of health and disease and to develop enabling tools to fulfil this goal.


Research Contact: Professor Barbara Pierscionek

Our research in the Allied Heath Professions, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing subject area investigates disease processes with the aim of seeking prevention, incorporating lifestyle approaches and environmental impacts as well as therapies and utilising a wide range of methods across the span of scientific disciplines.

Research staff are drawn from both the Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences Research Centre and the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, and have diverse academic backgrounds (Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Immunology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics and Analytical / Synthetic Chemistry), allowing ample opportunity for cross-discipline research.

We have strong partnerships with the health service (UK and worldwide) and companies aspiring to offer an improved service for both the public and clinicians. Our world-class research is supported by high-tech facilities, extensive national and international collaborations and a diverse range of funding sources including:

  • UK-based charities
  • SMEs and government bodies
  • Research councils
  • EU and global companies

Research Disciplines

  • Cancer Biology, Immunology and Therapeutics conducts fundamental and translational research into a range of cancers, including breast, colorectal, pancreatic, liver, prostate, skin (malignant melanoma), brain (glioblastoma multiforme) and ovarian, as well as acute leukaemia and other haematological malignancies and on novel therapeutic options.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance, Omics & Microbiota focus on mechanisms of pathogenesis, evolution of virulence and approaches to anti-microbial therapy.
  • Diabetes, Chronic Diseases and Ageing encompasses chronic diseases with a focus on diabetes and associated pathologies as well as on ageing both as a risk factor for chronic disease and as a physiological process that can be exploited for health maintenance.
  • Neurobiology, Toxicology and Pharmacology is interested in memory formation; brain development and neural organisation; models of neurodegeneration, toxicity and neural implants, cell signalling in cardioprotection and control of asthma.
  • Health of the Environment is a newly developed group that considers a wide range of environmental aspects on health and wellbeing and how these can be preserved and nurtured to prevent ecological damage and consequent detriments to health.
  • Bioinformatics and Biomathematics is concerned with development of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches addressing some of the post genomic challenges. The group consists of experts from Biosciences, Chemistry and Forensics and Physics and Mathematics with skills and interests that underpin a number of other areas and work across groups and centres.
  • Therapeutic and Computational Chemistry, Analysis and Imaging uses state of the art analytical and synthetic techniques to develop methods and materials to investigate biological processes and structures; bio-inspired compounds for use as potential drugs.

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Professor Barbara Pierscionek
+44 (0)115 848 3738