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We're one of the most successful bioscience research departments in the country. With our research partners in the UK and around the world, we're developing new approaches to some of the most important questions affecting us today. Our research impacts on many areas, including human health, industry, manufacturing and the environment. Our reputation for excellence attracts staff and students from all over the world.

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Image: two students in labJoin a friendly and inspiring community of experts. We offer a wide range of three-year and four-year degrees in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology.

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Image: researchOur world class research spans many areas, from plant biology to structural biology, from bacterial pathogenicity and green technology to mammalian cell biology and genetic instability.

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Image: postgraduate studentsWe have an extensive PhD programme and a postgraduate taught degree. Our graduates are in demand throughout the UK and across the world.

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KrebsFest - celebrating the work of Sir Hans Krebs

Krebs was the first head of the Department of Biochemistry at Sheffield, and won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1953. KrebsFest comprises a series of public events and exhibitions. Full details can be found here, or you can download the pdf brochure from the link on the right.


  • 15 Oct - 3 Nov: Exhibition in the Winter Garden. Includes a 28-metre inflatable E. coli cell, a glass mitochondrion, an art installation representing green fluorescent protein in origami, and hands-on exhibitions on Nov 2 and 3
  • 15 Oct onwards: Exhibition on the achievements of Sir Hans Krebs in the Western Bank library. Includes displays on new research projects Imagine: Imaging Life, Florey and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
  • Talks by 3 Nobel Prize winners in Firth Hall (by ticket only): 9 Nov Sir Richard Roberts A crime against humanity;   18 Nov Prof Jules Hoffmann The innate immune response; 25 Nov Sir Paul Nurse Great ideas of biology
  • 13 Nov Public night in Firth court: Hands-on activities, dance performance, science rap, outdoor film projections and an interactive computer game
  • Schools project including videos about science