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Translational Biosciences

Northumbria-University Translational Biosciences (NU-TBio) is a multi-disciplinary research group based in the Department of Applied Sciences. Our mission is to perform cutting edge fundamental and applied research, rooted firmly within cellular and molecular biology, that will extend current understanding of disease processes and lead to the development of novel treatments for a range of diseases and conditions.

Our research spans many areas including cancer, aging, pharmacology and toxicology, drug delivery, infection and immune mediated diseases.

We utilise a range of modern analytical approaches making use of the excellent Departmental facilities, which include two large suites dedicated to eukaryotic cell culture, 8-colour flow cytometry, fluorescence and laser capture microscopy, xCELLigence RTCA system, Seahorse XF, as well as the state-of the-art multi-omics laboratory and NU-OMICs sequencing service.

Our highly diverse background and expertise provide unique opportunities for collaborative research with other groups within the Department of Applied Sciences, such as Chemistry and Microbiology, as well as cross-departmental and cross-faculty associations and national and international interactions.

Individual staff research interests can be found under the “Meet our Staff” link. 

Postgraduate Students

Prospective postgraduate research students are encouraged to enquire with the relevant member of staff. University information on postgraduate studies can be found here.


Members of the research group actively participate in case consultancy work. Please visit the individual staff pages for further details of expertise.

Further Information

For general enquiries - Associate Professor Jill McKay:

For enquiries relating to the NU-OMICs sequencing service - Professor Darren Smith: 


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