Transformative Sciences and Technology

Car forensics investigation

We engage in world-leading scientific and technological research, advancing knowledge and practice. Our work is leading to the development of solutions to real-world problems across industry, the business community and the public sector.

We are also addressing significant global challenges to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all. Ongoing research at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics is exploiting the unique advantages of nanoscale structures for the treatment of disease, while our application-driven research in signal and image processing is leading to major advances in non-invasive medical diagnosis.

Research taking place under this theme is recognised internationally for the important contributions that are being made to scientific advancement and technological development, including work that is addressing significant global challenges.

Our interdisciplinary research spans the fields of astrophysics, bioengineering, computer science, digital engineering, energy management, fire and hazard science, forensic science, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, tribotechnology, waste management and other areas.

Areas of Research Strength

child computing


This area focuses on research that aims to make a personal, societal and economic difference in relation to Child-Computer Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems and Games and Gaming. To find out more please contact Professor Janet Read

engineering research


This research area integrates scientific and technological expertise that is focused on important contemporary topics in Autonomy and Systems Integration, Digital Manufacturing,  Intelligent Machines and Maintenance, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis, Clean Growth (including Waste Management) and Human Factors. To find out more please contact Professor Ian Sherrington.



Research in this area has a firm emphasis on scientific analysis and encompasses work on Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Genetics. To find out more please contact Professor Vicki Cummings.

health technology


Health Technology Assessment encompasses multi-disciplinary research groups with expertise in the methodology and conduct of evidence syntheses (including systematic reviews, economic evaluations and information science), clinical trials and health implementation science, supporting decision-making about the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and use of new and existing interventions in health and social care. To find our more please contact Professor Andy Clegg at



The neurosciences area encompasses a broad range of research, including molecular neuroscience (e.g., aptamer research), clinical neuroscience (e.g., research into concussion from sports) and cognitive neuroscience (e.g., research investigating the underpinning brain mechanisms associated with perception and cognition). For more information please contact Professor Colin Davidson.



This research area brings together theoretical and experimental work on topics relating to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mathematics, Materials Science, and Fire and Hazards Science. To find out more please contact Professor Robert Walsh.



This area has a focus on addressing both theoretical and applied issues through evidence-based research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Key research strengths relate to the topics of Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology and Quality of Life.  To find out more please contact Professor Jane Ireland

sport and exercise


Work in this area is undertaken within two centres. The Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES)  integrates research on sport and exercise related to physiology, biomechanics, technology, nutrition, psychology and wellness. The Allied Health Research Unit aims to increase an understanding of allied health practice and improve the quality of life of patients treated by allied health professionals. It pursues this aim by developing new techniques in the assessment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. For more information please contact Professor Jim Richards.


biomedical sciences


The area of Translational Biomedical Sciences encompasses pathology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry and haematology and transfusion sciences. The main focus is to translate laboratory research to applications of benefit in the clinic and in healthcare. For more information please contact Professor Francis Martin.


clinical sciences


The focus of Translational Clinical Sciences is to support collaborative research between university and health care organisations. Research topics include: concussion, cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, infectious diseases, genetics, gastroenterology, intellectual disability and education. For more information please contact Professor Umesh Chauhan.



UCLan Research Centres

UCLan Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour

UCLan Research Centre for Digital Life

UCLan Research Centre for Drug Design and Development

UCLan Research Centre for Energy, Sustainable Development and Resilience

UCLan Research Centre for Engineering

UCLan Research Centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy

UCLan Research Centre for Smart Materials

UCLan Research Themes

UCLan Faculties