CDB Seminars
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All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm (unless otherwise stated)

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The Seminar series will resume in September. Please check back for details. 

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About CDB


There are more than 65 members of academic staff, directly in the department or holding joint appointments with other departments. Of these, there are five Readers and 36 Professors, including six Fellows of the Royal Society and 16 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

UCL’s Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is one of the college's most prestigious; a cutting edge centre for biomedical and molecular research. Formally known as the Department of Anatomy, CDB boasts illustrious alumni; pioneers including Grafton Elliot Smith, J.Z Young and Lewis Wolpert. Today’s staff and students enjoy a wonderful inheritance while maintaining the Department’s reputation and global standing with world class research and collaboration.

The Head of Department is Prof Steve Hunt, PhD, FMedSci.

Staff and students benefit from our rolling seminar programme; talks throughout the year from visiting researchers. Postgraduate students are regularly monitored by a small committee appointed among experts in the field, which also stimulates interactions between labs. Several laboratories also run joint journal clubs and group meetings, and there are numerous collaborations both within the Department, across the Faculty of Life Sciences and throughout UCL.

Our research encompasses a wide spectrum of biomedical investigation, from molecular analysis of cell signalling processes to aesthetics, philosophy, ethics and the history of medical practices in classical times. Around 200 research fellows, technicians and PhD students are engaged in this work, their activities being funded by competitive research grant income currently exceeding £30m.

The Department’s consistently rated as world-leading in the field of Biological Sciences, achieving the highest possible rating in both the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). CDB excels in Developmental Biology (as you might expect) and has a strong research profile across a suite of investigative Cell Biology areas including, cell signalling, regulation of cell motility, cell adhesion, cell and tissue polarity, intracellular traffic, metabolism, apoptosis, regeneration and repair, wound healing, clocks and gene expression in adult tissues, embryos and stem cells.

History of CDB

Some interesting accounts of the Department's history.

Dissecting Room

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