Developing biophysical measurements to understand the relationship between biological systems and processes
Biomolecular structure and function underpin all biological processes, including the effect of destructive diseases and pathogens on our cells and our bodies' defence mechanisms. Reliable measurement is crucial to understanding more about these complex processes, and how we can make use of them to improve healthcare.
By developing and using cutting-edge measurement tools and methods, we are applying our expanding knowledge of biological processes to help create new treatments and diagnostics, as well as make current ones more effective. Our research into the re-fitting of biological molecules and processes through synthetic biology could hold the key to overcoming antimicrobial resistance, and open up new possibilities for gene therapy.
We also work with industry to help translate innovation into applications in sectors ranging from biotechnology and drug development to agriculture and smart materials. Translating research into advanced treatments and cost-effective products relies on reproducibility, repeatability, traceability and comparability of measurement results. To realise this, we develop reference materials and methods for biological and physical parameters.