Life Sciences is divided into three areas:

  • Genetics – staff in this field play an important role in understanding the genetic components of illnesses.
  • Pathology – staff in this field investigate the causes of illness and how it progresses. They carry out tests on tissue, blood and other samples from patients and play a crucial role in the diagnosis of illness. They help doctors choose the best type of treatment for patients, and monitor its effectiveness.
  • Reproductive science – staff in this field are key in creating life and providing other solutions to infertility.
  • Andrology

    Andrology is the branch of Reproductive Science focusing on male sexual health. Typically, staff work within a Fertility Centre alongside Embryologists, Clinicians and Nurses. This may be in an NHS hospital or Private clinic setting.

  • Cancer Genomics

    Cancer Genomics is the interpretation of genetic information from tumour cells, which helps diagnose and treat patients according to their own cancer’s genetic profile.

  • Clinical Biochemistry

    Biochemistry is a branch of science that uses biological and chemical methods to study the chemical processes that take place inside us, at a molecular level.

  • Clinical Bioinformatics Genomics

    Bioinformatics Genomics is about finding the best treatment for a patient based on their unique genetic make-up.

  • Clinical Immunology

    Immunology is the study of the immune system.

  • Embryology

    Embryologists in Reproductive Science work in IVF units specialising in the handling, culture and preservation of eggs, sperm and embryos.

  • Genomics

    Genomics is the study of the complete human genome (DNA), its structure and how it functions.

  • Genomic Counselling

    Genomic counsellors work directly with patients and families offering genetic/genomic information and support, allowing them to make health decisions.

  • Haematology and Transfusion Science

    Haematology and Transfusion Science is the study and analysis of blood and blood forming tissues such as bone marrow.

  • Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

    Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics involves carrying out tests to support stem cell and organ transplantation.

  • Histopathology

    Histopathology involves the diagnosis and study of diseases of the tissues by examining tissues and/or cells under a microscope.

  • Infection Sciences

    Infection Science focuses on areas such as clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology and virology.

  • Microbiology

    Microbiology is the study of organisms such as bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic that cause infections.

  • Virology

    Virology is the study of viral infections, such as rubella, herpes, hepatitis and HIV.