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    Life Sciences Initiative

    Welcome to the Life Sciences Landing Page


    We are a cross-faculty multidisciplinary initiative working with partners from the local community, higher education, NHS and industry to make a significant contribution to the health of people at regional, national and international levels.

    This page contains information on our events, activities and resources:

    • Learn about our Researcher Development activities and what opportunities are available to you
    • See what events are coming up
    • Browse our Quicklinks to find research support available to you
    • The LSI is committed to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion is central to all our activities - see below for more information
    • To find out about the LSI doctoral college or for resources if you are a member of the DC follow the link below
    • Community and public engagement is central to LSI activity, see below for more information

    Learning and Development

    Dr Ele Groves is the LSI Researcher Development Advisor and supports the learning and developments needs of Life Sciences researchers.

    The LSI runs dedicated development activities such as the LSI Postdoctoral funding Committee and workshops.

    LSI Postdoc Committee Prepare your CV for Fellowships workshop

    Ele is also available for 1:1 support and advice; contact her on

    The LSI researcher development activities and events are in addition to those offered by the CAPD, who provide training courses for professional and researcher development for both staff and students. The Careers and enterprise team support students in all aspects of career development.


    The LSI runs seminars from internal and external speakers and Research Centres Networks, such as the bi-monthly Computational biology workshop. For further information please contact the LSI office on

    Upcoming events:

    Past events:

    LSI seminars

    LSI Working lunches

    Methods Fair 2016

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    Research Support and Services

    As a researcher there is support available to you from within QMUL. Support may also be available via your School or Institute. 

    LSI Doctoral College

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    Each year the LSI supports 3-6 PhD students to undertake multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects. We currently have a cohort of 15 students across QMUL affiliated to the LSI doctoral college.

    More information about the programme, including how to apply, is available on our website.

    Dr Magda Osman is the programme coordinator and leads the doctoral college. For queries regarding the doctoral college contact Magda on

    If you are a member of the doctoral college, additional training and resources are available via the link below.

    I am a member of the LSI doctoral college

    Community and Public Engagement

    The Centre for Public Engagement provides advice, training and support to projects and activities that involve the public, including patients and the local community, with Queen Mary and our research and teaching. We give advice in seeking and applying for external funding, and can discuss how to get started, design an activity or maximise its impact. The LSI has a dedicated staff post to support local community engagement with research.

    Follow links below for advice on:

    The Festival of Communities

    The Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities explores living and learning across our borough, led by QMUL and packed with family friendly activities and events.

    Find out how to get involved in the Festival of Communities 2017


    Research Centres

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

    • Genomic health - led by Mark Caulfield (William Harvey Research Institute), Vardhman Rakyan (Blizard Institute), and David van Heel (Blizard Institute)
    • Bioengineering - led by Alvaro Mata (School of Engineering and Material Science)
    • Mind and society - led by Magda Osman (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences), David Adger (School of Languages Linguistics and Film), Stefan Priebe (Wolfson Institute) and Marcus Pearce (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science)
    • Cross-cutting Centre for Computational biology - led by Conrad Bessant (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences) and Claude Chelala (Barts Cancer Institute)