UCL Division of Biosciences


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The Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology (SMB) is part of the Division of Biosciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences and partners with the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck College to comprise the Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology shared by UCL and Birkbeck.


SMB, previously known as the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, provides a stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing where important and exciting areas of modern biology, biotechnology and medicine are investigated at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism level.

Today we are a vibrant and diverse research community pursuing cutting edge research.



Our people and our history

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Meet SMB

We are a diverse community of PIs, post-doctoral and PhD students undertaking research across a broad range of biologically related disciplines led by internationally recognised researchers. 

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History of SMB

SMB at UCL has a long and illustrious pedigree. Anatomy goes back to the foundation of the College, and the Chairs of Anatomy and Comparative Anatomy were among the original 24 Chairs.

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Become part of SMB

Our growing and vibrant research community is always looking for the brightest minds in science - see all of our current opportunities in SMB from fellowships to scholarships to PhDs and more


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Research Labs

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Partnerships and Innovation 

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Research Facilities


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Research Communication

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Training and Resources

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Find out more about departmental Equality, Diversion & Inclusion efforts


Find resources and support for promoting student and staff wellbeing


Find out about sustainability initiatives for labs and individuals.


Contact Us

Department of Structural and Molecular Biology
Division of Biosciences
UCL Darwin Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

General Enquiries tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2308, email: tabitha.owen@ucl.ac.uk
Postgraduate Enquiries tel: +44 (0)20 3549 5460
Undergraduate Enquiries email: biosciences-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

The majority of our laboratories and research spaces are located in the UCL Darwin Building on Gower Street, formerly the site of 'Macaw Cottage', a residence of Charles Darwin's.

The main reception to the building is accessed via Darwin Walk, off Malet Place, entered via Torrington Road.

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Staff intranet 

The Division of Biosciences Staff Intranet has been designed to improve internal communications and provide key information to staff across Departments and the Professional Services Support Team.

Staff intranet

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