UK top five for biological research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

We are the world’s first Lifecourse Biology centre, studying mechanisms of change throughout life in order to maintain health and treat disease.

Understanding Life

The Bateson Centre is a vibrant partnership between basic and clinician scientists working together to study how the body develops and changes over life. This knowledge helps us to understand how we stay healthy and why we get ill.

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British Heart Foundation study

Fatty plaques build up at bends and branches of arteries. BHF-funded study reveals effects of chaotic blood flow and the authors suggest anti-cancer drugs could prevent atherosclerosis.

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Zebrafish Facility

The fish research community in Sheffield comprises over 140 researchers across more than 25 research groups and is supported by a team of 8 technical staff.

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Study with us

At the Bateson, we're committed to the training of the next generation of scientists in the field of lifecourse biology. We offer a one year Masters course or a range of PhD studentships funded by the University of Sheffield.

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World-class Research

Our multidisciplinary research enables us to ask fundamental questions about developmental biology: how health is maintained and how we study disease to identify potential new treatments.

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World class research


The centre receives funding from a range of sources including the MRC, the BBSRC, The Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and the European Union.

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