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About us

Welcome to the Biosciences Institute

With over 300 staff and 250 postgraduate research students from across the worldwe provide a vibrant, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching environments.   

Management Team 

The Institute is led by a Management Team whose role is to provide strategic direction, leadership and support to all NUBI-members. It oversees the Institute’s research strategyfinances and communications, and provides people services and technical support. Weekly meetings ensure the smooth running of the institute with decisions and relevant communications being made in a timely manner. 

It holds regular virtual ‘town hall’ meetings with its academic, post-doctoral research and postgraduate research student communities. These meetings are a way to convey important information, host presentations on key topics, and provide an opportunity for people to provide feedback or ask questions in an informal setting.  

Supporting people

We have introduced important Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives to provide ainclusive environment for everyone and the Academic Lead sits on our Executive Board. 

We recognise that our community of researchers are crucial to our successWe ensure that they have a stable and rewarding career structure by providing and supporting: 

We encourage engagement with the Faculty’s Broadening our Horizons scheme. Providing financial support for researchers and PGR students to allow them to present their work at conferences, or visit other research groups to gain new techniques or mentoring.

It is our firm belief that good mentoring and support should happen 52 weeks a year. In addition to the Faculty’s researcher career development initiative, the Institute has its own mentoring scheme for all postdoctoral researchers. There is also an additional bespoke mentoring and career development programme for our Early Career Researchers who hold research fellowships. 

We are committed to building a rich culture where differences among colleagues are valued and celebrated, helping to drive innovation, creativity and success.

Professor Anjam Khan, Academic lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Supporting research and innovation 

We are committed to a Team Science approach. We understand that scientific challenges are best approached through collaborations that utilise and value the differing knowledge and expertise of many individuals. We ensure that the contributions of our staff and students are acknowledged in the scientific literature that publish our research discoveries. 

We recognise key to grant success is in gaining input at an early stage from a wide range of scientific perspectives. The Research Themes provide grant mentoring through ‘Perfect your Pitch’ or ‘Dragons Den’ type sessions and members provide feedback and discussion throughout the process in an informal setting. These initiatives are supported by the Institute and we have a designated ‘grant champion’, Prof Neil Perkinsto co-ordinate the activity. 

Our Institute plays host to a vibrant and diverse seminar program of esteemed scientists from across the world. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our program has continued virtually with the majority of the seminars being recorded. All staff, postgraduate research students, and final year honours students are invited to attend these seminars, either live or at a time that is convenient to them. 

Our Institute publishes a monthly newsletter that is circulated to all of our members, guests and affiliates. The newsletter is a way to celebrate our successes, introduce our new staff and students, convey important information and circulate items of interest.  

We host an annual Institute Research Day where we showcase the depth and breadth of our research. The day is a mix of scientific presentations and posters from staff and postgraduate research students to share knowledge, to support the multi-disciplinarily of our Institute, foster new collaborative links and stimulate discussion.

At our research day we award the NUBI image of the year. The 2021 image, shown left, comes from Maria Georgiou, a research assistant with Professor Majlinda Lako. It was produced in collaboration with Dr. Tomáš Bárta (Masaryk University).

Immunofluorescence image of a retinal organoid derived from induced pluripotent stem cells co‐stained with ARL13B (cyan) and Nestin (green) illustrating connecting cilia and neural progenitors, respectively. Cell nuclei were counterstained with DAPI (red).