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Appointment of Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)

Interdisciplinary research

As a large multi-disciplinary university, we have strengths in many different disciplines, which enables interesting and constructive collaborative work. Our research centres and institutes formalise these valuable interdisciplinary links.


Life Sciences Institute

Our Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a multidisciplinary endeavour that bridges our three Faculties and aims to develop a unique life sciences cluster stretching across our east London campuses, acting as a beacon to attract partners from higher education, the NHS and industry. The LSI encapsulates the bringing together of a multitude of different disciplines, focussed on the biological/medical but also including sociological, ethical, geographical, bio-engineering and other related subjects. We aim to develop both academic and translational activity in order to improve healthcare in east London and beyond. Our location and partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust is crucial in this endeavour.

Three virtual LSI research centres and one cross-cutting centre support life sciences research at Queen Mary. These are:

  • Genomic Health
  • Bioengineering
  • Mind in Society
  • Computational Biology (cross-cutting)

In addition to these centres, the LSI supports initiatives in aligned areas – at present these are in digital health and precision medicine.

Find out more about the LSI

Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

The Institute is an ideas generating hub for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, supporting engagement between the Faculty's fifteen research centres.  It seeks to enable inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary conversations, by bringing together the expertise of some of the world’s finest scholars from within Queen Mary and from outside. The activity of the Institute is centred each year on a thematic programme, and currently focused on the four areas of Mobility, Democracy, Work and Medical Humanities.

Find out more about the IHSS

Research centres

Research at Queen Mary is diverse, ranging from experiments undertaken by small groups and individuals to international research programmes with collaborations of thousands. We are host to around 50 dedicated research centres or institutes, most of which have major interdisciplinary features drawing on the strengths of complementary disciplines to produce new results.

Find out more about our research centres

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