Introduction from Professor Nick Talbot FRS

The Living Systems Institute will develop a completely new means of looking at Biological problems. It will take a holistic view of how cells, tissues and whole organisms operate and, importantly, what happens to them when they succumb to diseases.

Diseases can occur through a wide variety of mechanisms. Chronic disorders can occur as a consequence of mutations, causing physiological change while infectious diseases are the result of proliferation of viruses, bacteria, fungi or other parasites within and between cells. Researchers in the Living Systems Institute will study disease processes in unparalleled detail, but importantly they will use the techniques of mathematics, predictive modelling, control engineering and physics to understand, in detail, the operation and establishment of disease.

The LSI is a truly inter-disciplinary endeavour which will involve scientists involved in clinical research with engineers, physicists, mathematicians, cell biologists, molecular geneticists and a whole string of other disciplines that will pool their expertise to the same underlying research questions. Collectively, we will build upon some of our existing strengths in this area with a number of staff moving into the new building to join new academic staff hired to build further capacity and capability in these areas. I am delighted to welcome Professor Philip Ingham FRS as the inaugural director of the LSI and all our new recruits.

This is an exciting venture for all of us at Exeter and we believe it will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of disease in the future.

Professor Nick Talbot FRS
Professor of Molecular Genetics
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)

Professor Nick Talbot FRS