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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Our research

There are a number of hubs within the School of Environment and Life Sciences. These are world-class centres which focus on specialisms such as cancer treatments, climate change and disease control....

The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a unit dedicated to Salford’s very own dynamic and collaborative scientists. Our team of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists and cell biologists come together to  conduct  research  that focuses on understanding infectious and non-infectious disease processes. They analyse cell function and organ function in both human and animal systems and collect data on physiological and pathological settings with the aim of developing new or improved diagnostics  and treatments for  cancer,  inflammation, therapeutics and infectious diseases.

Parasitology is another key area of research at the BRC, this including aspects of pathology, drug action and diagnostics for malaria, trypanosomiasis and larval cestode infections. The work achieved in this field could potentially have huge implications for both human and animal health. The BRC also  boasts strong links with hospitals, other universities, industry leaders and research centres. Most notably, the BRC currently works in collaboration with Kidscan Centre for Children’s Cancer Research to improve treatments for children with cancer.

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) is an interdisciplinary centre and addresses some of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century including climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resource management and the spread of infectious diseases.

The centre carries out high quality real-world research that contributes to the scientific understanding of the physical and biological dimensions of environmental change and its impact on humans. Our research teams employ an astounding variety of approaches from genomics, molecular ecology, behavioural  ecology,  forensics,  sociology, radioecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems.

The Centre for Applied Archaeology undertakes work across three main areas, these include:

  • Teaching and research, especially within industrial archaeology and the built environment, where we are leaders in the field.      
  • Promoting and providing research access to heritage and community archaeology.      
  • Archaeological consultancy work and professional development courses.