His present research interest is in applying a new class of agent known as a co-body, in various ways, including diagnostic tests such as for bacterial and viral infections. At the present time this is a purely laboratory exercise. Later (and recent work by other scientists makes this possibility seem more and more likely to happen soon) co-bodies will be applied in the detailed diagnosis of cancer in the individual patient, leading on to a completely new approach to treatment.

Other research interests in the recent past have been on improving methods for recognition of bio-molecules and living cells (leading on to the concept of selectivity and therefore improved diagnosis), separation and purification. Together, these form a consistent, holistic approach to the study of living things and medicine. We must understand and know in detail before treating.

Professor Boyde does not engage in any research on patients.