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Research

The School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences brings together world-class researchers with expertise in neurobiology, psychology, immunology, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology, as well as organic, medicinal, inorganic and materials chemistry.  Members of the School were submitted to REF2014 in Units of Assessment A3 (Allied Health Professions; 77% 4* or 3* overall) and B13 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials; 85% 4* or 3* overall). Our research activities are organised into the following six clusters:

Cell and molecular biomedicine

Chemical biology and bio-medicinal chemistry

Healthcare technologies - diagnostics

Materials chemistry

Neuroscience and behaviour

Research in STEM education

These clusters contain sub-disciplines that reflect our specific research activities.

We have well-appointed, modern laboratories based at our central Milton Keynes campus. Our facilities include core qPCR, gel docs, FACS, time-lapse imaging and microinjection equipment. The School houses a fully-equipped histology suite, and facilities for bright-field, DIC, wide-field and confocal fluorescence microscopy as well as a renowned electron microscopy facility available to all research groups. We also have centrally managed analytical facilities and cell and tissue culture laboratories up to containment level 3.

Our research is funded by a Research Councils, charities, private investment and commercial organisations. Our publications can be found on The Open Universities publication database (Open Research Online; http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/faculty_dept/scie-lhcs.html). We have numerous collaborations with other academics nationally and internationally, and also with commercial and industrial partners.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our research web pages.

You can see a 360 degree tour of our labson the Facilities - Our Laboratories page