Research in Life and Environmental Sciences

Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging advances in human and environmental health.

Our world-leading collaborative research areas and facilities include:

  • Environmental Sciences

    We focus on the major environmental science challenges such as air pollution and health, climate change, extreme weather events, and the safety of chemicals and nanomaterials.

  • Microbiology and Infection

    With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world, we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

  • Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

    We utilise cutting edge technology and multidisciplinary expertise to collectively advance the assessment of patients with spinal pain through the development of new assessment tools.

  • Centre for Human Brain Health

    We are an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.

  • Institute for Mental Health

    We are ensuring a sustained impact on public policy and practice, translating research in neuroscience to improvements in treatment, and improving the care and outcomes of those suffering from problems in their mental health.

  • Water Sciences

    Our research is essential to sustainably manage the supply and use of water, provide a healthy environment and enhance resilience of ecosystems and people to water-related risks in a changing world.

  • The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

    Providing fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living.

  • Enabling Technologies

    These research areas are all underpinned by our Enabling Technologies. We continually invest in resources so our researchers are able to pursue their ideas, undertake research and transfer their knowledge to create global impact.

 

Research Highlights from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Locomotion Vault will help guide innovations in virtual reality locomotion

Locomotion Vault will help guide innovations in virtual reality locomotion
Description
Experts in virtual reality locomotion have developed a new resource that analyses all the different possibilities of locomotion currently available.
Date:
13/05/2021

University of Birmingham Academic Named in Royal Geographical Society Awards

Description
Dr Pat Noxolo named in Royal Geographical Society Awards
Date:
13/05/2021

Agents that target viral RNA could be the basis for next generation broad spectrum anti-viral drugs– new study

Agents that target viral RNA could be the basis for next generation broad spectrum anti-viral drugs– new study
Description
A new approach to tackling viruses by targeting the 'control centre' in viral RNA could lead to broad spectrum anti-viral drugs and provide a first line of defence against future pandemics, according to new research.
Date:
11/05/2021

Distinguished University of Birmingham plant scientist elected to the Royal Society

Distinguished University of Birmingham plant scientist elected to the Royal Society
Description
One of the University's leading scientists, Professor Vernonica (Noni) Franklin-Tong has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Date:
07/05/2021

Bacterial DNA can be read either forwards or backwards – new study

Bacterial DNA can be read either forwards or backwards – new study
Description
Bacteria contain symmetry in their DNA signals that enable them to be read either forwards or backwards, according to new findings which challenge existing knowledge about gene transcription.
Date:
07/05/2021
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