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Our research

Internationally important research across the spectrum of modern biology.

Our research spans the biological sciences - from ecology to biomedicine.

With wide-ranging expertise and strong industrial links, our research has a major influence in areas including environmental policy, tackling disease and biofuels.

We're committed to providing a supportive culture and strive to ensure our staff reach their full potential. We're exceptionally proud to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our commitment. 

First for research impact

(Times Higher Education ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Top 10 for overall research performance

(Times Higher Education ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Global challenges

Biological research has a critical role to play in securing a sustainable future. Our research contributes to solutions for three major global challenges:

Research strengths

To tackle these challenges, we channel our expertise in key areas of fundamental research:

Our research into artemisinin, the main component of the recommended malaria treatment, benefits malaria sufferers as well as farmers and artemisinin producers in developing countries.

Impact and engagement

Our research has a major influence on policy, industry and public health.

We work in partnership with businesses of all sizes as well as policymakers and NGOs to translate our research into societal and economic benefits.


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the University to participate in the launch of BioYork.

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:


Our research is underpinned by excellent facilities including purpose-built laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.

The Bioscience Technology Facility provides services in imaging and cytometry, metabolomics and proteomics, molecular interactions and biophysics, bioinformatics and genomic analysis.

We have access to specialist glasshouse and controlled environment facilities. The Horticulture team provide plant material for research and a range of services.

We have access to a range of specialist glasshouse and controlled environment facilities.


Search for research and browse publications in the York Research Database.

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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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Our experts

Our department is home to a vibrant community of academic staff with broad-based expertise.

Our staff