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Home to some
of the leading research teams
in the UK

Our main strengths lie within the fields of chemistry, colour science, food science, mathematics, nanotechnology, nutrition and physics & astronomy.

However, we are also at the forefront of research into interdisciplinary and applied science, recognising its importance for both the needs of industry, and scientific progress in general.

We have built strong internal links with the Faculties of Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Environment at Leeds, as well as many valuable external relationships with key partners in industry, government and other academic institutions. In several instances, it has been the existence of collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships with the private sector that has helped turn cutting-edge research into viable commercial concerns.

Both students and partners value the high quality, independent research that the Faculty produces. In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) the impact of research carried out in all Schools within the Faculty was judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. This research feeds through to teaching, with students learning about the latest discoveries in their subject field, and developing the technique of strong, original thinking for themselves.

Supporting this research is a vast array of state-of-the-art equipment, and excellent laboratory and library resources.

The Biomedical and Health Research Centre is a strategic partnership between the four scientific Faculties of the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and has been developed to promote collaboration between basic sciences, translational and clinical research. The collaboration will initiate new ways of working which will be implemented within a well-defined framework, where scientists and clinicians with strong international research portfolios will work together creating a world class research centre, focusing on the discovery and development of novel diagnostics, therapeutic leads and other clinical applications. For more information visit the BHRC website.

Dr Oliver Harlen
Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation 

Staff profile

Carmen Molina-Paris

Professor in Applied Mathematics

Carmen Molina-Paris
"I am interested in developing mathematical models, in close collaboration with immunologists, that help us understand the molecular mechanisms behind immune responses: what determines the size and receptor diversity of T and B cells. Stochastic Markov process are extremely useful to describe the time evolution of different immune cell populations."