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.
The Department is interactive - there are several series of regular seminars. 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.
The 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 former Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology from which our new Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology was seeded, was rated grade 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Developmental biology was particularly strong in the previous Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, whereas Cell Biology was scattered among several departments (Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and LMCB). The new grouping provides continuity across the whole range of cell biology from 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
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