Anna Reynard FHS Biomedical Science Grad at Hull Royal Infirmary

Department of Biomedical Sciences

About the department

Our programmes in biomedical sciences and forensic sciences span the full breadth of biology and chemistry – from molecules and cells to physiological systems.

Our research is addressing some of the most pressing global challenges.

We're tackling cancer and cardiovascular disease with the cutting-edge biomarker and medical imaging technologies we developed here at Hull, in collaboration with colleagues around the world. We're committed to sharing our knowledge with and inspiring our students here and worldwide.

Head of department

Tim Palmer

Professor Tim Palmer


Research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences

Our world-leading research focuses on metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, wound healing and cancer. Bringing together academics and health professionals, we quickly translate research into tangible benefits for patients.

Research strengths

Cancer Biology

We carry out translational research on a number of inter-related research themes in the field of cancer biology. All our work is underpinned by extensive cross-collaboration with colleagues in the Hull York Medical School and the Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

Key themes include:

  • biomedical microfluidics
  • molecular imaging
  • tumour microenvironment
  • biomarkers

The group has research facilities on both the University and hospital campuses enabling us to capitalise on the provision of human samples from clinical collaborators. We have multiple national and international collaborations, built on our established expertise and thriving research culture. In addition, the team has considerable success in securing funding from research councils, major charities and industry.

Each of our themes considers multiple tumour types and applies state-of-the-art molecular and cellular analyses to address fundamental questions of science and promote medical advances in personalised medicine.

Featured project: Tissue biomicrofluidics

The interdisciplinary Lab-on-a- Chip group have been characterising and optimising devices that can maintain human tissue biopsies in a viable and functional state for the past decade.

We have extensive experience in the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices in glass and a variety of polymers. Funding has been awarded from Framework 7, Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, the Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), NC3Rs; and major charities including British Lung Foundation, Heart Research UK.

Tissue from various human malignancies, including squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, ovarian and colorectal carcinoma, normal liver and heart have all been successfully studied. These samples have been subjected to clinically-relevant doses of chemotherapy and irradiation and the effects measured through analysis of the effluent supernatant or post-treatment tissue. This technology platform provides a robust and reliable method for delivering personalised medicine.

Our community

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Try it yourself

Watch: Join Dr Pedro Beltran-Alvarez and Sean Frost for a virtual Biomedical Sciences taster session and find out more about studying at Hull.

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Research Centre

Our internationally leading PET Research Centre has been carrying out translational scientific and biomedical research since 2014. We conduct basic and preclinical biomedical research in molecular imaging with on-site production of radioisotopes.

Find out more about the PET Research Centre


Take a tour of the facilities

From genetics to medical microbiology our laboratories form the foundation of a modern scientist’s toolbox. Supported by specialist equipment, dedicated laboratory technicians, practical demonstrations and academics with a keen interest in experiential learning – you’ll be equipped with skills that will last a lifetime.

These modern, purpose-equipped laboratories are used by our research-active staff. Meaning you’ll experience life as a research scientist in a professional laboratory – working alongside international experts, using cutting-edge equipment and methods.


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† UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018