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Institute for Life Sciences


Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences

Having recognised that many of our most pressing societal problems have solutions spanning academic disciplines, the University has invested heavily in the field of interdisciplinarity. 

The Institute for Life Sciences has championed interdisciplinary collaboration to address these challenges since 2011.   The Institute is a central point of organisation and leadership which brings together researchers from across the University whose work is within Biological Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences. 

The Institute provides a novel environment for the development of researchers literate in more than one core science and engineering discipline. These highly skilled individuals are better equipped to address the grand challenges facing scientists in the 21st century, and to respond to these challenges as innovators and leaders of interdisciplinary teams.

Image credit: Ric Gillams


Engineers and medical staff from the University of Southampton are testing a prototype of a personal respirator they have developed for frontline healthcare staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wessex Academic Health Sciences Centre is the ideal vehicle for structuring our research response.

Wessex Academic Health Science Centre

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the University of Southampton & University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust have joined with partners to launch a new Wessex Academic Science Centre.

Rosalind Franklin Institute

Southampton & the Rosalind Franklin Institute

Southampton is to play pivotal role in new Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI).  The first wave of major initiatives for the £103m RFI have been announced as part of its formal launch. 

Image credit: Dr Alex Dickinson

Team wins £900k for artificial limbs project

Researchers at the University of Southampton have won more than £900,000 in funding for a project to improve access to artificial limbs in lower and middle income countries (LMICs).

Image credit; Prof Jacek Brodzki

Engaging mathematics with lung function assessment

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new computational way of analysing X-ray images of lungs, which could herald a breakthrough in the diagnosis and assessment lung diseases.

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