Bringing Together Research, Training & Entrepreneurship

The NBIC Doctoral Training Centre

The NBIC Doctoral Training Centre in Biofilms Innovation, Technology and Engineering (BITE) is a world class integrated pipeline of interdisciplinary training, involving a partnership between the universities of Southampton, Liverpool, Nottingham and Edinburgh. It is the UK’s first graduate training centre to address the skills and knowledge gap in the biofilm field. 

The Doctoral Training Centre provides a unique and diverse environment to students, with opportunities to network with experts in other disciplines, engage in peer-to-peer learning and participate in collaborative problem solving, as well as partake in student exchanges with international centres of excellence, attend summer schools, joint-nature conferences, and secondments and masterclasses showcasing frontier thinking. The Doctoral Training Centre provides the synergy, critical mass, and the breadth and depth required to deliver an ambitious training programme in biofilm science, engineering and technology.

Specialty Areas

Microbial Ecology & Evolution; AMR; Hybrid Biodevices; Nanoelectronic and photonic devices; Bioenergy.


Functional surfaces and materials; Smart nanotechnology; Plasma engineering; Imaging; ’Omics and Bioinformatics; Microbiorefinery; Infection Control; Modelling for healthcare.


Quorum Sensing and signaling; molecular recognition; drug discovery; polymer discovery; biomedical engineering; AMR; modelling; Synthetic Biology; Advanced Microscopy.


Soft and active matter biological physics; complex fluids and rheology; HPC modelling; biofilms architecture; Synthetic and Systems Biology.


Building Entrepreneurial Skills

NBIC provide entrepreneurial training for early career researchers and established academics.

Alderley Park Accelerator

On-site incubation and acceleration team specialises in the start-up and scale up of biotech and life science businesses by providing the programmes, networks and support required for success.

ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation Programme

The ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation programme offers university researchers with commercially- promising ideas the ability to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace. From idea to scale-up, SETsquared offer a comprehensive range of programmes to help boost businesses to the next level.


Meet Our Team of Research Fellows

Meet our team of dedicated Interdisciplinary Research Fellows who work to deliver NBIC’s research strategy.

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