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New innovation developed at the LSI to sort and process human cells

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Living Systems Institute

A world-class research community collaborating across disciplines to understand and control living systems

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) pioneers transformative science to decode complex biological systems. LSI merges research in biology and medicine with ground-breaking physical sciences technologies and powerful mathematical modelling capabilities. Cross-fertilisation between disciplines enables LSI investigators to interrogate biological complexity at all scales, from the molecular to the whole organism and populations. Our integrated approach aims both at fundamental knowledge and at generating new tools for improving health and treating disease. We tackle major challenges in the fields of RNA & proteins, viruses and microbes, stem cells & development, and neuroscience.


The interdisciplinary vision of LSI is enabled by co-location of scientists with diverse expertise in a dedicated research building equipped with high-specification technologies. The custom-designed LSI building is a flagship investment by the University of Exeter. LSI opened in autumn 2016 and is now home to 28 research teams, comprising biologists, engineers, physicists and mathematicians.

LSI Internal Seminar

LSI Internal Seminar new padlet page with the up-to-date schedule

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Prof Sally Lowell

"Mistakes, mishaps, misfits: how do pluripotent cells avoid differentiation mistakes"

Talk postponed to October 2021

New date will be released soon!

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ERC Grant for Prof Jekely

Prof Gaspar Jekely, a Neuroscience expert from the Living Systems Institute has been awarded a multi-million pound funding to investigate the origin and evolution of vision across the animal kingdom.

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Expressions of interest for externally funded Fellowships

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LSI Researcher on BBC

Dr Steve West explains how the Covid-19 vaccine works.