UCL Division of Biosciences


Cell and Developmental Biology

We strive to gain mechanistic insight into biological processes across scales from cells to whole organisms.


We are a vibrant research department with a long and illustrious history.

Group Leaders

Meet our world-class academic staff and learn about their research.

Study and Training

Information for prospective and enrolled students and postdoctoral researchers.

Centre for Integrative Anatomy

We use diverse and cutting-edge approaches to study anatomy in order to understand structure and function, embryonic development, phylogenetic relationships, ecology and evolution.

Centre for Organelles to Cells to Organisms (COCO)

How do cells truly behave in their natural locale? COCO aims to answer this by integrating studies of cells in vitro with studies in vivo during embryo development.

Consortia and Networks

The Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is an active member of the following Consortia and Networks.


Become part of CDB

Establish your lab in a forward thinking collegiate research department.

Postdoc Researchers

Postdocs are a central element of academic life in CDB, find out more here.

Technology Platforms

We host several facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which support researchers with technical expertise and provide essential services both within the department and across the Division of Biosciences and UCL. These range from our specialist zebrafish facility, through our centres housing cutting-edge microscopes, scanners, computers and related systems to analytical technologies, such as qPCR and Western blot, cloning and D/RNA quantification equipment.