Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff Met

​​​​​​​​​​The term ‘Biomedical Sciences’ (BMS) comprises a wide range of laboratory-based scientific subjects, all of which aim to provide an understanding of how human diseases/conditions develop, how they affect the normal functioning of the body, how they are diagnosed, and how they can be treated/prevented.

The Department comprises 25 members of academic staff plus technical/administrative staff, and undertakes numerous teaching, research, enterprise and third mission activities.  It also hosts more than 600 students studying on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Click on the headings below for further information about our department.





Foundation leading to BSc He​alth Sciences​
Biomedical Science - HND*​
Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)
Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) - BSc (Hons)
Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition - BSc (Hons)


Biomedical Science - MSc/PgD/PgC/MRes

Part-time Course:

Biomedical Science - HNC
Biomedical Science - BSc (Hons)​
Biomedical Science - MSc/PgD/PgC​​​​


The Department of Biomedical Sciences has a substantial research profile, with the majority of academic staff within the Department being research-active, and also active in numerous intramural and extramural collaborations (see individual staff profiles for details).

Our research activities focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning human diseases, and also the strategies, interventions and therapies that may be used in the treatment and/or prevention of disease. A particular aim is to translate scientific advances within microbiology, cell/molecular biology, physiology and other fields, with regard to their potential applications as strategies/interventions within the clinical context.

Major biomedical themes under investigation within the Department include the following: 
•  Cellular senescence and vascular biology
•  Diabetes and metabolic health 
•  Microbiology and infection 
•  Vascular physiology

Finally, an important additional objective of the Department is the training of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, particularly with regard to equipping researchers with appropriate skills/tools for facilitating in-depth understanding of the molecular basis of normal physiology, of pathogenic mechanisms, and of novel methods for investigation and therapy.

​Staff Profiles​​

Dr Richard Webb, Head of Department 

Dr Paul Foley, Programme Director Foundation leading to Health Sciences
Dr Sally Hicks, Programme Director BSc Biomedical Science
Dr Lowri Mainwaring, Programme Director BSc Healthcare Science
Peter Watkins, Programme Director, BSc Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition
Dr Maninder Ahluwalia​, Programme Director, MSc Biomedical Science

Prof Rose Cooper, Professor of Microbiology
Prof Jorge Erusalimsky, Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Prof Keith Morris, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Biostatistics
Prof Philip E James, Professor of Cardiovascular Metabolism and Associate Dean (Research)


Dr Rachel Adams, Senior Lecturer
Dr Rebecca Aicheler, Senior Lecturer
Dr Michael Beeton, Lecturer
Dr Victoria Bradley
Dr Helen Brown, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Dr Lee Butcher, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Dr Katie Connolly, Postdoctoral Research Associate​

Amanda Davies, Lecturer

Dr Anna Dorel, Lecturer
Dr Shelley-Ann Evans, Senior Lecturer
Andrew Evered, Principal Lecturer
Dr Rowena Jenkins, Lecturer
Dr Maria Kearney, Research Associate
Dr Claire Kelly, Lecturer
Dr Sarah Maddocks, Lecturer
Dr Lowri Mainwaring, Lecturer
Dr Barry McDonnell, Lecturer
Dr James Pearson, Research Officer
Dr Julia Rey-Nores, Senior Lecturer
Delia Ripley, Reader in Healthcare Science
Dr Aled Roberts, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Dr Neil Rushmere, Senior Lecturer
Dr Andrew Thomas, Principal Lecturer
Dr Rebecca Wadey, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Peter J Watkins, Senior Lecturer
Dr Jo Welton, Lecturer
Dr Cathryn Withycombe, Lecturer​​