Life Sciences Institute
Life Sciences Institute


DCU Life Sciences Institute


LSI provides a supportive research environment that fosters innovation and creativity within Life Science research at DCU. Our areas of expertise span the core elements of undertaking research in this space - from the analysis of cells and tissues derived from any living organism to analysis of their molecules and how these systems can be manipulated to support human health, the environment and society.

The multidisciplinary profile of our researchers ensures that we have the breadth of expertise and knowledge to tackle global challenges with a focus on the government’s Impact 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy

Research Challenges

We are championing specific research challenges within six areas

LSI Research Themes

We operate under three broad research themes that accommodate the diversity of our research portfolio: 

An overview of our researchers' expertise and subject areas can be found below. For a more in-depth search, take a tour of our researchers’ profiles or find out more about our Niche Areas of Excellence and Challenge Projects.

Our Expertise

  • Proteomics
  • Genomics & Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Sports Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Drug Design
  • Engineering
  • Nanostructures
  • Biomaterials
  • Molecular Biology/Genetics
  • Microscopy
  • Transcriptomics
  • Single Cell Sequencing

Subject Areas

  • Cancer biology
  • Gene Therapies
  • Biosensing
  • Biotherapeutics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Bioprocessing
  • Infection Biology
  • Genetic risk of disease
  • Origin of Life

Our Facilities

LSI activities are supported by DCU Core Technologies including: