The institute applies advances in the chemical, physical, and engineering sciences to enable and enhance life science research.  The interdisciplinary research interests and state-of-the-art facilities provide a unique environment for integrative research.

A unique complement of infrastructure and facilities required to engage in this activity at the highest level is already in place in; world class cell biology, molecular imaging, atomic force microscopy, tissue/cell culture and bioprocessing facilities, laser and optical laboratories, linked by a high speed data network, all in one building complex.

Our research

The members have common interests and active collaborations, all centred on applying advances in the physical and engineering sciences to enable and enhance life science research. This institute provides a structure to support ongoing collaborative work and provide a crucible to forge further cross-disciplinary science.

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The institute is actively recruiting researchers at all levels who are interested in working at the interface between the biological, chemical, physical and engineering sciences.

We also have a number of PhD Scholarships available for projects.

IB3 team win Converge Kickstart Award

HiRes Solutions, a spin-out company from IB3 has won the coveted Converge Challenge Kick-start Spin-out Prize for best early-stage spin-out company.

In other news:

Rory Duncan has won the RSE Senior Public Engagement Medal 2018.