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About the Department
Previously known as the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology is an integral part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, an institute conducting world-class research in the field of protein science. The ISMB is a joint institute between UCL and Birkbeck, primarily constituted of the UCL Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology and the Birkbeck Department of Biological Sciences, but also including the Chemical Biology section of the UCL Department of Chemistry. We aim to provide a stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing within which important and exciting areas of modern biology, biotechnology and medicine can be investigated at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels.
The department pursues these research aims through its high level of external research funding, its investment in excellent new facilities, up-to-date equipment and state-of-the-art technologies, the recruitment of high-calibre staff, maintenance of industrial contacts, and the fostering of close links and collaborations within the extensive UCL and Bloomsbury scientific community.
The disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology have never been more relevant to the furtherance of our fundamental knowledge and ability to exploit biological systems than in this, the 'post-genomic' era. From the structural biology of proteins and enzymes to the mechanism of amphibian limb regeneration; from the regulation of transcription of genes involved in drug metabolism to the uncovering of gene function in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, from understanding the signalling of insulin receptors to the computer analysis of whole genomes sequences, this department provides an exciting venue in which to realise the promise of these important goals.
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