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Health Biosciences Research

Research Areas

Applied and clinical biomedical health

The Biomedical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) degree is a research-led teaching programme. Molecular biology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science research is directed towards identifying novel methodologies and disease biomarkers for the use in clinical diagnostic laboratories and genetic markers for use as prognostic predictors.

Cardiovascular disease

Immune cell function

The Health Biosciences team has several PhD projects currently exploring the response of immune cells against cancer, their role in obesity-driven chronic inflammation, and their involvement in osteoarthritis.

Biochemistry and metabolism

As part of the Centre for Metabolic Health Research, several Health Biosciences academics collaborate to explore the complexities of metabolic syndrome and the systems-interactions between cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint disorders, chronic inflammation, and obesity. Research in biochemistry is focused on the health effects of diet and exercise, assessed at the physiological, metabolism, cellular, gene and performance levels, and incorporating nutrigenomics and bioactive factors. Key dietary components being assessed include calcium, caffeine, fatty acids, dairy proteins, and seafood proteins.

Clinical microbiology and cognitive function

A focus of microbiology research is the clinical aspects of antimicrobial resistance; key pathogens being investigated include Neisseria gonorrhoeae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Chlamydia trichomatis, and human papilloma virus.

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