Research in the School of Natural Sciences (SNS)

The mission of the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) is to significantly advance teaching,  research,  science  and  technology  for  the  betterment  of  humanity nationally  and  internationally  through  excellence  in  scientific  training,  and  both fundamental and applied research in the natural sciences and associated disciplines. 

The School of Natural Sciences is one of the largest Schools within NUI Galway which meets the learning needs of ~15% of all students in NUI Galway. In total, over 150 staff members, about 2000 undergraduate students and 170 postgraduate students (MSc & PhD) are currently part of the School of Natural Sciences. The SNS is one of the highest research-­‐performing  entities within the National University of Ireland Galway. For instance: 

  • The  School  of  Natural  Sciences  constitutes  7%  of  the  university’s  research staff, while delivering 20% of the overall university’s research expenditure. 
  • Publications  per  Academic  FTE  in  the  School  of  Natural  Sciences  are  three times the university average. 
  • Citations  within  the  School  of  Natural  Sciences  are  3  times  the  university average
  • PhD supervision rates within the School of Natural Sciences are 1.5 times the university average.  

The School of Natural Sciences raises approximately €10 million per year in annual competitive research income from funding sources such as Science Foundation Ireland, European Union, Irish Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Enterprise Ireland and a range of other national and international funding sources. 

Research Clusters and Centres

Apoptosis Research Centre (ARC)

Apoptosis Research Centre (ARC)

Investigation of the key pathway in cell survival and cell death.

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Biodiversity and Bioresources

Biodiversity and Bioresources

The distribution of species, habitats and ecosystems the materials, products and services provided by natural resources.

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Centre for Chromosome Biology (CCB)

Centre for Chromosome Biology (CCB)

Investigating chromatin structure and biochemistry, DNA replication and damage response.

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Developmental Biology Cluster (DBC)

Developmental Biology Cluster (DBC)

Researching how single cells can grow and develop into highly specialised multicellular organisms.

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Energy Research Centre (ERC)

Energy Research Centre (ERC)

Development of sustainable energy sources.

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Glycoscience Research Centre (GRC)

Glycoscience Research Centre (GRC)

Synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, structural modelling to high throughput analysis, glycoengineering and glycomics

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Infectious Disease and Immunity

Infectious Disease and Immunity

Research into microbial diseases.

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Marine and BioGeosciences Research

Marine and BioGeosciences Research

Marine and terrestrial geophysics, geochemistry and biogeochemistry.

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Plant & AgriBiosciences Research

Plant & AgriBiosciences Research

Fostering and promoting plant and agricultural biosciences innovation

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The Ecosystem Science Cluster

The Ecosystem Science Cluster

Field based research in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland and marine environments.

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