Living Systems Institute, Exeter

The University of Exeter is pioneering an exciting new approach to understanding how diseases evolve and how they can be diagnosed more accurately and cured more effectively.

The Living Systems Institute is bringing together leading mathematicians, physicists, cell and molecular biologists, biomedical scientists and engineers. It aims to apply investigative techniques from engineering and physics to make biology a predictive as well as an observational science. The grand challenge is to move beyond the present frontiers of biology to accurate, predictive control engineering of whole living systems. This has the capacity to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of human, animal and plant diseases.

Exeter researchers are already making great inroads into our understanding of disease. We are radically expanding that work through a new £50 million Living Systems Institute: the largest single investment in science we have ever made.

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