Firth Court

About Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Sheffield

The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is based in Firth Court, the historic home of the University of Sheffield. Many of our scientists are following in the footsteps of Sir Hans Krebs, our first Professor of Biochemistry, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1953 for his discovery of the citric acid cycle, known as the Krebs Cycle. His legacy continues in the work of the Krebs Institute, a mechanistic biology research centre that works on projects aimed at the greater understanding of biomolecular processes.

Scientists based in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology also play a leading role in other flagship University of Sheffield research centres including the Florey Institute, which is addressing the challenges of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance, the Imagine: Imaging Life project, which is pioneering new biological imaging technologies, and the P3 Centre, a translational biology centre encompassing the breadth of plant and soil science expertise at Sheffield.

Research in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The scientists and research centres based in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology benefit from access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. These include a Biological NMR Facility, a Biomolecular Interaction Suite, the Wolfson Light Microscopy Facility and the University of Sheffield’s Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility.

Facilities and services

Public engagement

Discover how our staff and students are taking science into schools, sharing our research with the general public and engaging with policy makers.

Find out more

Equality and diversity

Learn how we're creating and maintaining a culture of equality where all members of staff and our students can develop, flourish, and attain their full potential.

Find out more

Opportunities for employers

Our students and graduates are equipped with a wide range of transferrable and specialist skills. We can help you to tap into this pool of future scientists.

Find out more

We are also training the next generation of molecular bioscientist through our range of undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biology: Undergraduate study

We also run two masters courses in Human and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and recruit new PhD students to support our research across the molecular biosciences: Postgraduate study

Firth Court

The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is located at Firth Court, one of the original University buildings dating from 1905. Firth Court’s ivy-clad walls and formal quadrangle are situated next to Weston Park and the building stands at the heart of the University campus, adjacent to the Union of Students and just 15 minutes from the city centre.

On entering the department, the traditional exterior gives little hint of the state-of-the-art facilities within which include 50 modern research and teaching laboratories located on four floors; tutorial and seminar rooms; and lecture theatres.

Firth Court

Quad

Firth court interior

Firth court interior