UCL Division of Biosciences



CDB is a vibrant research-intensive department focused on understanding biological processes across multiple scales from cells to tissues to whole organisms.  

We are a cutting edge centre for biomedical and molecular research, and one of the College's most prestigious research departments. With illustrious alumni including pioneers such as Grafton Elliot Smith, J.Z Young and Lewis Wolpert. Our work has been consistently rated as world-leading as exemplified by the 2014 Nobel Prize awarded to Professor John O'Keefe. 

CDB’s research encompasses a wide spectrum of biomedical investigation, from molecular analysis of cell biology, developmental and stem cell biology, neuroscience, and integrative anatomyThe Department is headed by Professor Barbara Conradt.

CDB comprises research groups including around 200 research fellows, technicians, PhD students and support staff, whose research activities are funded by competitive research grant income currently exceeding £30m. 

For a historical perspective on the department, please click here.