The Cardiff School of Biosciences became famous for the work of its former (and founding) director, Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, which was recognized by Sir Martin’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007 (together with Mario Cappechi and Oliver Smithies) "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells". Under its current director, Medical Research Council Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, who pioneered patch clamp single channel and whole cell current recordings in epithelial cells and discovered intracellular calcium tunnels, the School provides a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff.
In the authoritative 2014 Annual World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance), compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (http://www.shanghairanking.com/FIELDLIFE2014.html), Life Sciences at Cardiff University is in the top 100 worldwide and in the top 10 in the UK.
The School’s research is recognized at the highest levels. Alun Davies (Distinguished Research Professor), the Nobel Laureate Robert Huber (Visiting Professor) and Ole Petersen (the Director of the School) are Fellows of The Royal Society. Robert Huber and Ole Petersen are Members of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Five members of staff (Professors Alun Davies, Vincenzo Crunelli, Stephen Dunnett, Kevin Fox and Ole Petersen) are Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Very recently (2013), Yves Barde (EMBO Member), from the University of Basel’s BioZentrum, has been selected as the first Ser Cymru (Star Wales) Professsor. He has established a major research group in the School of Biosciences, funded by the Welsh Government’s new Ser Cymru Programme.
In the 2012/2013 session, members of staff in the Cardiff School of Biosciences obtained new research grant awards totalling a record £14.6 million from the UK Research Councils, The Wellcome Trust as well as many other charities and funding bodies. Members of staff regularly publish research articles in the world’s leading scientific journals, for example Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), Current Biology, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Gastroenterology.
Each research division is led by an internationally renowned researcher and division members run dynamic internationally recognized research programmes.
The reputation of the School is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that it attracts annually and by the consistently high level of publications in the top international journals (Science, Nature and PNAS) as well as the leading research journals within the sphere of each research division’s discipline.
International Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
The School has recently appointed a team of highly distinguished academics from around the world to act as its International Scientific Advisory Board.
Distinguished academic line-up to help guide the School
Cross-disciplinary Research Initiatives
There are several cross-disciplinary research centres associated with the School:
- ARC Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre
- The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute
- Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre
- Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)
- Cardiff Water Research Consortium
- Common Cold Centre
- Danau Girang Field Centre
- Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute
- Cardiff University Otter Project
- Structural Biology
- Sustainable Places Research Institute
- Wales Gene Park