SAF building The Department embraces the full breadth of modern life science activity and comprises one of the largest life science groups in Europe, with approximately 100+ academic staff, 180 research fellows and post-doctoral researchers, 200+ PhD students and 180+ Masters students. 

We have a vibrant and internationally leading research programme that spans levels of organisation from atoms to the biosphere, that strongly supports multidisciplinary collaborations and that actively fosters the development of new fields.

The Department's research and teaching activites are funded by a wide variety of research councils, charities and industries bodies, with the value of current external research grants totaling £70+ million. The department teaches two major undergraduate degrees in Biology and Biochemistry and a wide range of Masters-level courses aligned to the divisional strengths.‌

The Department is based on two campuses: in South Kensington (Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Ernst Chain and Flowers buildings) and Silwood Park near Ascot in Berkshire.