Institute for Life Sciences


Dr Liudi Jiang

Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for lower limb amputees

15 April 2014

A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world’s first prosthetic ‘intelligent’ liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could be available to NHS patients in as little as three years.

New NMR Centre launches

28 March 2014

The University of Southampton officially opens its new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre on Monday 31 March.

Chromosome errors

New understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women’s eggs

18 March 2014

A new study from the University of Southampton has provided scientists with a better understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women’s eggs.

Professor Guy Poppy

Professor Guy Poppy takes lead role as Chief Scientific Adviser for the Food Standards Agency

5 March 2014

Director of Interdisciplinary Research Professor Guy Poppy, one of the UK’s leading experts on food systems and food security, has been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as its Chief Scientific Adviser.

Scientists highlight the importance of nutrients for coral reefs

27 February 2014

A new publication from researchers at the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton including Professor Joerg Wiedenmann highlights the importance of nutrients for coral reef survival.

A ‘perfect storm’ is on the way and we need to prepare ourselves

17 February 2014

Scientists are warning we are undertaking “the greatest challenge we have ever faced” in trying to get more from the earth to feed the world’s growing population.

Image of Professor Nick Macklon

The ‘choosy uterus’: new insight into why embryos do not implant

10 February 2014

Fertility experts at the University of Southampton and University of Warwick have found new insights into why some fertilized eggs can embed in a uterus and why some do not.

New study shows click chemistry could provide total chemical dna synthesis

7 February 2014

An interdisciplinary study led by Dr Ali Tavassoli, a Reader in chemical biology at the University of Southampton and member of the Institute for Life Sciences, has shown for the first time that ‘click chemistry’ can be used to assemble DNA that is functional in human cells, which paves the way for a purely chemical method for gene synthesis.

Illustration by Stefan Sølberg

Fossil pigments reveal the colours of ancient sea monsters

9 January 2014

An international team of scientists has, for the first time, revealed the colour scheme of an extinct marine animal using fossilised skin pigment from three multi-million-year old marine reptiles.

New technique for testing drugs to treat cystic fibrosis and epilepsy

26 November 2013

Researchers from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Quebec and Montreal, have developed a new microsystem for more efficient testing of pharmaceutical drugs to treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, MG (myasthenia gravis) and epilepsy.