Faculty of Biological Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences

The School is one of three in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds. It contains 61 academic staff (including independent research fellows) and hosts the faculty Research Groups in Integrative Membrane Biology, Cardiovascular & Sports Sciences, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. Our staff also contributes to other research groups hosted in other Schools in the faculty.

The scope of research is broad-ranging, from fundamental investigations addressing the structures and functions of membrane proteins, to physiological studies on the mammalian cardiovascular and nervous systems - all the way to translational projects with a focus on health, exercise and disease in humans.  Research is well-funded, from numerous sources and the School provides an exciting and interactive environment for modern research relating to animal and human health, as well as access to cutting-edge research equipment, including one of the first automated planar patch-clamp systems in academia.  The research space has recently been refurbished to a high standard through multi-million pounds investment.

The Faculty and the University as a whole operate 'low-wall' principles for research groupings and centres with the aim of encouraging cross-disciplinary research and integrative approaches to major scientific questions. This places the School within a powerful and productive scientific environment that encourages and supports research and research-training at the highest level.
We apply our research outcomes for societal benefit. For example, we have:

Prof Karen Birch, Head of School
Contact: Mrs Debbie Jones, School Secretary

Matters regarding Undergraduate Teaching contact the Undergraduate School Matters regarding Postgraduate Teaching contact individual staff/supervisors of the Postgraduate School


Leeds-China collaboration in Membrane Biology: 4 years on

2011 Symposium

The 4th joint symposium of the UK-China Membrane Biology initiative led by the University of Leeds was held at Nankai University, China 10-12 May 2011.
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3rd Joint Symposium of the Leeds-China Collaboration

Symposium 2009
The 3rd joint symposium of the Leeds-China collaboration in Membrane Biology took place on September 20-28, 2009.
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Leeds-China Membrane Biology Initiative takes a further step

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The UK-China Membrane Biology Initiative led by the University of Leeds recently celebrated its first birthday by successfully hosting the 2nd international symposium on "Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience" at the University of Leeds on May 7-8, 2008
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Leeds-China collaboration in the Systems Biology of Membrane Function

A joint symposium on 'Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience' was held at Beijing (Peking) University in May 2007

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Staff at the first research symposium, February 2007

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School of Biomedical Sciences,
Garstang Building,
University of Leeds

School PA: Debbie Jones
+44(0)113 343 4272