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Institute for Life Sciences

About Us: Life Sciences at Southampton

Life Sciences Annual ReportsCoronavirus research and news stories

Our aim is to take a strategic approach to building connected networks with interdisciplinary collaboration at the heart of the life sciences community. Our mission is to facilitate fusions of expertise in research and education from a range of disciplines in order to broaden scientific opportunities and address key issues in health, society and enterprise.

Members of the Institute for Life Sciences are working with the global effort to better understand and address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Here are a selection of research and stories:


COVID-19 RT-LAMP testing

A real world evaluation of improved sample preparation method for direct RT-LAMP testing for detection of COVID-19 demonstrated high accuracy in individuals with and without symptoms.


Study on lab-developed protein spikes

International study found the key properties of SARS-CoV-2 virus spikes which causes COVID-19 are consistent with those of several laboratory-developed protein spikes, designed to mimic the infectious virus.

Image: University of Southampton

Cov-Boost Study

Southampton Leads World-first COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Study

Vaccine Trial

Valneva vaccine study

Volunteers from the Southampton area are being asked to sign up to the latest COVID-19 vaccine study to be rolled out across the UK.

Artist depiction of protein spikes

Vaccine spike images

First images of cells exposed to COVID-19 vaccine reveal the production of native-like Coronavirus spikes.


PeRSo rollout

Rollout of personal respirators protecting NHS frontline staff during pandemic

Image credit NEXU

COVID-19 research highlights

As part of the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund, videos from members of the University community on how they're responding to the pandemic.

Prof Syma Khalid

British supercomputer quest against COVID-19

In a video for EPSRC, Professor Syma Khalid praised the UK's biomolecular simulation community for accelerating the quest for a Covid-19 vaccine and antivirals through a national supercomputing facility.

Image: University of Southampton

Covid Redox Analysis

New Perspective on Stress Pandemics and Human Resilience from the Analysis of COVID-19


Encouraging results

The University and Synairgen plc have announced positive results from clinical trials of a drug (SNG001 - inhaled formulation of interferon beta) that may prevent worsening of COVID-19 in those most at risk.

Southampton coronavirus saliva test

Southampton COVID-19 saliva test

Southampton takes a leading role in evaluating regular COVID-19 infection testing for whole households by assessing a new weekly home-testing approach using saliva samples.


Effect of Coronavirus on Physical Activity

A study to understand the population effect of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity and wellbeing at different stages of the (respective) Governmental strategy to counteract this pandemic

Adolescent Health

Adolescent Health

Study into supporting ‘lost and anxious’ young people through the COVID-19 pandemic expanded into Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa and India.

SHARE study


Study to address the concerns and needs of families with children and young people who have cancer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Southampton researchers have spoken to young people 'virtually' about their pandemic experience

Adolescent Health

Real-time research aims to support ‘lost and anxious’ young people through COVID-19 pandemic

Life Sciences Community 

The Institute encourages collaboration through supporting interdisciplinary pilot projects and PhD studentships as well as investing in pivotal research themes.   Our strategic themes are Health and Medicine, Living Systems, Life Technologies and Insights Through Data.

Resources - researchers are encouraged to connect and collaborate through a varied programme of conferences, seminars, workshops and poster sessions providing new environments for researchers to explore novel approaches to existing research.  

Education - the Institute contributes to the development of interdisciplinary courses such as the MSc Biomedical Engineering.

Enterprise - our goal is to strengthen and develop links between the University and external partner. 

Working together to make a difference

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 through interdisciplinary team science.

Recognising the critical importance of interdisciplinary research, Southampton has invested in four Strategic Institutes: Life Sciences, Web Sciences, Marine and Maritime, and Photonics and Nanoelectronics. Our life science research is embedded in each Institute and strengthens our close partnerships with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre, NHS Foundation Trusts, regional government, enterprise and the Rosalind Franklin Institute and The Alan Turing Institute.

Work with us

Southampton, a partner of the world-leading SETsquared Business Incubator, prides itself on enterprise engagement and business generation, with Life Sciences working closely with the University’s Science Park and Future Worlds. We work with MedTech, Data and Pharma businesses, keeping sight of patient need, market pull and routes to technology adoption.

Our FortisNet project, for example, drives solutions to musculoskeletal disease and impairment, working with patients and the public, clinicians and enterprise to create a pipeline of products and processes for stronger, active bodies.

We welcome new partners and enquiries about our Life Sciences research, education and enterprise.  Contact:  



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