UCL Division of Biosciences


Genetics, Evolution and Environment

The Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is part of the Division of Biosciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences.

GEE traces its origins to the Department of Comparative Anatomy founded in 1826 and incorporates previous Departments of Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology and the Galton Laboratory, the first Department of Genetics in the UK.


Current research and teaching in GEE covers a very broad range of activity including biodiversity and environmental biology, the biology of ageing, computational biology, evolution and development, evolutionary genetics, human genetics and human evolution. The Department, headed up by Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, comprises getting on for 50 research groups and some 200 Post-Docs, PhD Students and support staff.


The labs and research offices are housed in the Darwin Building, Gower Street, on the site of Charles Darwin's home.

UCL Biosciences
Research Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution (GEE)
Darwin Building
Gower Street

The front entrance on Gower Street is not presently accessible, please enter the Darwin Building via the Malet Place entrance and follow the signs. Malet Place, off Torrington Place, runs parallel with Gower Street. On entering Malet Place the building is set back (approx 50 feet) on your left (map ref 5C).