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About us

The University of Surrey’s new Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC) is the world’s first centre dedicated to training interdisciplinary scientists in the field of quantum biology.​

What is quantum biology?

Recent research has established that quantum mechanics plays a key role in biological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, enzyme action, olfaction, bird navigation, mutation and maybe even the way we think. Quantum biology is the study of these quantum underpinnings of biology, and its advance requires a new generation of scientists who can work across discipline boundaries.​

Resources and facilities

​The Centre will have access to resources at the University of Surrey’s Innovation for Health (IFH) facilities and Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), and in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Strathclyde, will be able to support PhD students in their research into the realm of quantum mechanics and chemistry in biological processes.​

Centre directors

The Leverhulme QB-DTC is led by Johnjoe McFadden (Director), Professor of Molecular Genetics, and Jim Al-Khalili (co-Director), Professor of Physics. Both academics are at the forefront of this emerging field and co-wrote the first popular science book on the subject, Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, which was published in 2014.

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Professor Johnjoe McFadden

Professor of Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean (International)

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili

Distinguished Chair, Professor of Physics, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, Centre Director

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Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC)
Robert Boyle (AZ) Building
University of Surrey