UCL Division of Biosciences



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.

UCL's Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is one of the college's most prestigious; a cutting edge centre for biomedical and molecular research. Formally known as the Department of Anatomy, CDB boasts illustrious alumni; pioneers including Grafton Elliot Smith, J.Z Young and Lewis Wolpert. Today's staff and students enjoy a wonderful inheritance while maintaining the Department's reputation and global standing with world class research and collaboration.

The Head of Department is Professor Barbara Condrat.

Staff and students benefit from our rolling seminar programme; talks throughout the year from visiting researchers. 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.

Our 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.