Queen Mary University of London’s Life Sciences Initiative (LSI) is a multidisciplinary endeavour that includes our three Faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, and Science and Engineering.
We define the life sciences as the basic sciences underpinning medicine – represented by the intersection between the social, the sciences and the biomedical sciences. We aim to facilitate all life science-related activities, but are focusing our research efforts on one specific area – post-genomic population health – where we already have substantial experience, and in which we aspire to be at the forefront of academic activity.
QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative offers staff and students a great opportunity to be at the forefront of research that will bring significant benefits to human health
Professor Bill Spence, Interim Director of the Life Sciences Initiative, and Vice-Principal (Research)
Chromosomes carry all the genetic information for an organism. The human genome is made up of genetic information encoded in 46 chromosomes
The completion of the sequencing of the human genome by the Human Genome Project in 2003 has resulted in huge amounts of genetic information becoming available. This post-genomic information provides invaluable data on how genes are behaving, how particular genetic changes and different environments (both social and physical) affect how the body works and its susceptibility to disease, and how this can cause various health-related conditions and disorders. It offers a great opportunity for research that will bring benefits, not only to individual patients in terms of improved diagnosis and treatments, but also to the health and well-being of the wider population.
This challenge can only be met by interdisciplinary teams, which include experts in biological data handling and processing (biologists, physicists and computer scientists), social scientists, basic science specialists and clinicians.
To do this we are establishing a unique life sciences cluster across our east London campuses to act as a beacon, attracting partners from higher education, the NHS, industry, patients and the local community. New undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research areas are being developed for students keen to study in this dynamic and fast-moving field.
The ongoing expansion of the LSI coincides with key infrastructure changes taking place in Whitechapel as part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ regeneration project: Whitechapel Vision. These include the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, new affordable housing developments, retail expansion, increased employment opportunities, public spaces and transformation of the Whitechapel high street. These planned developments will enhance the LSI’s connectivity and the vibrancy of its community.
Find out about the membership of the committees that govern the Life Sciences Initiative.