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Institute for Life Sciences

Life Sciences are central to our wellbeing, the economy and the protection of an environment critical to our survival. The University of Southampton is at the forefront of approaches to address these global challenges.

Life Sciences at Southampton breaks the traditional mould of solving problems within the confines of a discipline.  We have an established reputation for working collaboratively, taking disruptive approaches and risk through interdisciplinary team science.

We focus on four areas of excellence: the challenge themes of Health and Medicine, and Living Systems, supported by the cross-cutting themes Disruptive Life Technologies and Insights through Data, which provide the advanced tools to drive our understanding at the frontiers.

Life Sciences themes:


Researchers are using mathematical modelling, machine learning and other algorithms to extract information and patterns from large data sets to further our understanding of disease.


An interdisciplinary network of clinical, academic and industrial partners that aims to develop research, products and services that will transform musculoskeletal health


Ground-breaking imaging techniques to solve some of society’s biggest challenges in areas such as reproductive medicine, cancer and plant biology.

Insights Through Data

Mathematical & computational methods to understand large data sets relating to life sciences.

Integrative Molecular Phenotyping Centre

The IMPC brings together experts in multi-omic data with clinical data to better understand disease and enable more personalised and effective healthcare treatment and diagnosis.


The interdisciplinary study of the behaviour, manipulation and application of fluid at the microscale with applications across medicine, chemistry and oceanic research.

Life Sciences Research Centres at Southampton:

Centre for Cancer Immunology

Centre for Cancer Immunology

A cutting-edge research hub enabling our interdisciplinary teams to expand clinical trials, explore new areas and develop lifesaving drugs.



The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR ARC) Wessex 

Image credit: Ray Allan and Prof Jeremy Webb

National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC)

Funded by BBSRC, Innovate UK and Hartree Centre, NBIC is the central hub where academia, industry, government, and public policy can come together to make great things happen.

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