SULSA themes represent the key major areas of life sciences research being conducted across Scotland, and act to highlight key areas of expertise and potential for collaboration.

Each member university nominates a Scientific Advisor for each relevant theme; a Theme Leader (one of the Advisors) represents the theme at executive committee meetings. Scientific Advisors, in conjunction with SULSA, drive the strategic direction of SULSA’s activities relating to that theme, along with an exciting programme of events.

Development and Regulation

Understanding how cells and organisms develop, and how this is regulated on a cellular level

Understanding and Treating Disease

Chronic, autoimmune and infectious diseases, and finding ways to better treat and prevent them


How different biological communities interact with one another, and their environment

Technology and Analysis

Enabling technologies that are key to driving innovative research forward