Biomedical Science

Developing diagnostic and treatment strategies

We take a multidisciplinary approach to our research with expertise in biochemistry, cell culture, toxicology, microbiology, cell imaging and molecular biology.

Our main focus is to look at diseases, disease states and diagnostics of diseases. We are hoping to better understand the biology underpinning these areas and to develop diagnostic and treatment strategies. We have a successful history of obtaining funding sources for our research from Research Councils and industrial companies.

An example of this is the development of a point-of-care device to be used to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases (STD) from urine samples. This is an ongoing project that takes a multidisciplinary approach involving Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, Mast Diagnostics and Public Health England. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board this aims to identify the presence of an STD and provide the opportunity to prescribe antibiotics to eradicate the disease before the patient leaves the clinical setting. Ultimately this will prevent the spread of STD in the community and will have a worldwide impact.

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  • Point-of-care diagnostic testing
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cell signalling in keratinocytes
  • Microbial interactions with keratinocytes
  • Effects of oxygen on cancerous cells
  • DNA adducts and  lifestyle factors  
  • Endophytes and secondary metabolism
  • Filamentous bacteria
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Glycobiology structure/function
  • Assay development
  • Protein interactions/activity


  • Red cell physiology
  • Free radical research
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Rare cell identification
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Stem cells
  • Mitochondrial homeostasis
  • Muscle function
  • Flow cytometry
  • Cellular immunology
  • Inflammation

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Contact us

If you are interested in working with us on a collaborative project, get in touch:

Dr Glyn Hobbs (Reader in Applied Microbiology)

Call: +44 (0)151 231 2198



School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3A