Science research centres: A-Z

Below you can find details of science and related research centres at the University of Sheffield.

Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre Sheffield

Operating across the dynamic interface between (bio)chemical engineering and biomolecular science, researchers in the ABC at Sheffield are creating innovative new biotechnologies that will enable next-generation biomanufacturing.

The Algae Biotechnology Sheffield Network

The Algae Biotechnology Sheffield Network is a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the development of algae for biotechnological applications. The group has more than 25 years' technical expertise in the culturing of algae. Current areas of interest include biofuels, environmental applications and genomics.

The Bateson Centre

The Bateson Centre builds on the outstanding achievements of the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics (CDBG) using advances in developmental biology, genetics and imaging to further our understanding of development, health and disease over the life course and to underpin drug discovery programmes. The Centre is internationally recognised for its beacon activities in bench-to-bedside research.

Bioinformatics Hub

The Sheffield Bioinformatics Hub is a cross-departmental group of computational biologists, with expertise in analysis of big data including next-generation sequencing and other high-throughput technologies. Research includes transcriptomics, molecular evolution, personalised medicine, functional and comparative genomics, biogeography, epidemiology of mental health disorders and defining the source of uncertainty in quantitative biology

Cell-Mineral Research Centre

The Cell-Mineral Research Centre expertise includes biosensors for environmental monitoring, development of synthetic cells for making biofuels; modelling soil carbon, soil structure, fluid transport and high resolution 3-D imaging of porous media; chemical analyses for green roof design and performance assessment, analysis of trace metals, and vibrational spectroscopy.

Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare

The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) is researching new user-friendly technologies to enable people to live independently. CATCH builds on a world-leading interdisciplinary research base across assistive technology and connected healthcare at the University of Sheffield.

Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

The main aim of the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the University of Sheffield is to foster multidisciplinary interactions, bringing scientists, engineers and clinicians together within the broad areas of biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics

The Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD) is a virtual centre which brings together cell biologists investigating the basic mechanisms underpinning membrane traffic and cytoskeletal dynamics with physical scientists, computational biologists and clinicians with the ultimate aim of developing improved therapies.

Centre for Stem Cell Biology

Potential contract manufacturing for the generation and storage of master cell banks for future clinical therapies in a state-of-the-art, HTA licensed clean room facility. The centre's facilities consist of a consumables room, changing rooms, cell culture processing and cryopreservation laboratories. A comprehensive quality management system is maintained to ensure regulatory compliance.

Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth

The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth has a number of international partners from around the globe, creating opportunities for collaborative research from academics in sociology, education, criminology, law, health, social work and social policy, landscape, architecture, psychology, geography, nursing and midwifery, human communication sciences, dentistry, music, research in practice and the management school.

The Florey Institute

World-class research into infectious diseases is happening right here at Sheffield. We’re developing radical solutions to the global problems of disease and antimicrobial drug resistance. Our approach is to treat the person, rather than simply kill the bacteria. Our current research focuses on MRSA and pneumonia.

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures is an ambitious and innovative collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Our sustainability research creates knowledge and connects it to policy debates on how to build a fairer world and save natural resources for future generations.

Imagine: Imaging Life

Developing and applying novel biological and medical imaging approaches to help scientists discover new insights at a resolution which was never previously possible. Imagine will combine three fundamentally different – but very complementary – advanced imagining techniques to push the boundaries of our biological understanding at a molecular level.


The Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine is a collaborative initiative between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Over 112 academics and clinicians collaborate to develop computer simulations of the human body that can be used in clinical practice to improve diagnosis and treatment of disease. Sheffield is the UK’s main centre for this sophisticated application of computing technology in healthcare.

Krebs Institute

The Krebs Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre with an overall theme of mechanistic biology. The centre fosters and facilitates research from fundamental biological, chemical and physical studies, through to translation into biotechnological and medical applications.

Kroto Institute

Research themes for the Kroto Institute are biomedical engineering with translational medicine, global soils and water, and imaging and microscopy from molecules to manufacturing. Available equipment includes; imaging and analytical instrumentation in advanced electron microscopy, X-Ray, and vibrational spectroscopy and confocal microscopy in addition to a virtual reality facility.

Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)

LC3M is funded by a £10M Research Centre award from the Leverhulme Trust over 10 years. It is harnessing world-class expertise at the University of Sheffield, and of leading UK and international collaborators, to objectively investigate enhanced rock weathering with croplands as a strategy for safely removing the greenhouse gas CO2 from the atmosphere to cool the planet.

Polymer Centre

The Polymer Centre is the UK’s largest single-university network of polymer scientists and engineers, and carries out research in advanced materials and manufacturing, biomaterials and healthcare, and electronics and photonics. Key to the Centre's research success are collaborative relationships involving academics and industrial partners.

Robert Hill Institute

The Robert Hill Institute brings together our leading expertise in plant science. Research spans scales, from molecule to ecosystem, providing access to outstanding facilities at the laboratory, controlled-environment, glass-house and field scale. Via our P3 project we are taking a holistic approach to providing sustainable solutions to UK and World food security.

Sheffield Autism Laboratories

The laboratory investigates brain behaviour and cognition in individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, using techniques including psychometric assessments, visual psychophysics, computer based reaction time paradigms, eye-tracking, and EEG.

Sheffield Cancer Research Centre

Sheffield Cancer Research Centre is a collaboration between the world leading scientists and clinicians who work at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The Centre's basic cancer research includes activities in DNA damage, cell cycle control and cell signalling pathways. Our strong basic, translational and clinical research links directly into the successful Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.

Sheffield Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

Sheffield Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre accelerates the development of new anti-cancer therapies. The Centre undertakes phase I and II clinical trials and have capacity for recruiting and treating patients with a wide range of tumour types, and can undertake biomarker sampling. We are currently hosting trials of an oncolytic virus, a radiosensitiser, TKIs and cytotoxics.

Sheffield Institute for Nucleic Acids (SInFoNiA)

SInFoNiA is a multidisciplinary research institute bringing together a wide group of scientists from medicine, science and engineering to investigate the role of nucleic acids in health and disease.

Sheffield Robotics

Sheffield Robotics operates dedicated research facilities for robotics and its work covers a broad spectrum of research in robotics and autonomous systems, including industrial, field, and service robotics. It seeks to play a leading role in the world robotics community, promoting the development of ethical, useful, safe, and sustainable robotic and autonomous systems that can enhance human prosperity across the globe.