The Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, founded as an interdisciplinary research institute in 2012, occupies a niche position by bringing biological chemistry, biophysics and bio-engineering together in one active research Institute.

Heriot-Watt already has internationally recognised strengths in these areas, currently spread across all departments in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as well as in other Schools in the University (e.g. School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and the School of Life Sciences). Research at the interfaces between quantitative biological research and the physical sciences and engineering is recognised as a high impact area – EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, STFC and Wellcome Trust have all recently announced strategic priorities in this area. Initial membership of the institute includes researchers in receipt of substantial funds from all of these agencies. We aim to maintain a world-leading centre of excellence, building on a strong foundation of genuine inter-disciplinary research, a strong and diverse funding record and an extensive extra-mural collaborative network. 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.

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. 

If you would like more information on the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, or are interested in any of the ongoing projects and would like to collaborate please contact us.

Further details about our research and funding organisations are available on the IB3 website.