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.
Architect’s impression of the proposed Life Sciences Institute
The LSI plays a key role in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Whitechapel Vision, a large, high-profile regeneration project that aligns key infrastructure changes (including the arrival of Crossrail, new affordable housing developments, retail expansion and increased employment opportunities) with the borough’s plans for the area. The Whitechapel Vision aims to create new homes, public spaces, new jobs and transform the Whitechapel high street. Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal of QMUL, states that the LSI’s “location and connectivity” means that QMUL is “at a crossroads for what we can achieve in the life sciences”.
Find out about the membership of the committees that govern the Life Sciences Initiative.
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