Institute for Life Sciences


Improving drug treatment to help bones heal better, innovative research could change lives

27 March 2015

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) postgraduate researcher Edoardo Scarpa is trying to find out how to help people to recover faster and better after breaking their bones. His interdisciplinary PhD project, involving techniques from both biological sciences and medicine, is examining how the human body can be encouraged to heal itself more effectively through innovative drug treatments delivered directly to the target area.

Southampton professors to receive prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards

12 March 2015

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has awarded Professor Hywel Morgan, Deputy Director of the University’s Institute for Life Sciences, the Wolfson Research Merit Awards for his outstanding research work.

Gene-hunting workshop

Focusing in on Nucleic Acids Outreach Event

20 February 2015

Talented young people attending the Generating Genius outreach event today took part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) workshops to inspire their future studies in Higher Education.

Image of fresh vegetables

Female diet alters the nutrient composition of fluid in the womb

18 February 2015

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that maternal diet affects the nutrient composition of fluid in the womb of women and thus may aid in the development of nutritional interventions to support the very earliest stages of pregnancy.

Image:  Dr Syma Khalid

Southampton to share in £8m for DNA research

30 January 2015

The University of Southampton is to share in £8m funding to help create the DNA starting blocks for synthetic biology.

Save the date - 23 February 2015 - Damaris Gala Screening

29 January 2015

Damaris, in partnership with Age UK Southampton is hosting a red carpet Gala Screening on 23rd February at the Southampton Student Union Building.

Image credit: Wiedenmann & D'Angelo

Multi-copy genes extend the adaptation potential of reef corals to environmental stress.

29 January 2015

Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered the genetic basis which allows corals to produce their stunning range of colours. Their finding suggests that the repertoire of reef corals’ stress responses is larger than previously thought.

Biological crystallography

Latest achievements highlighted in special journal issue

16 January 2015

Latest developments in crystallography have been featured in a special edition of the prestigious academic journal Acta Crystallographica D, edited by Dr Ivo Tews, lecturer in Structural Biology at the University of Southampton. It brings together 16 articles examining existing technologies and future developments in modern structural biology, assembled by leading researchers in the field.

Southampton joins world-leading project to transform treatment of cancer and rare diseases

22 December 2014

The University of Southampton, in collaboration with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and hospital partners, has been named one of 11 centres involved in a national genome project set to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases.

Lettuce on Mars project team

Southampton students aiming to put the first life on Mars

11 December 2014

Students from the University of Southampton are aiming to put the first life on Mars.