UCL Division of Biosciences



The UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) is world-leading in the study of Evolutionary Biology, Human Genetics, Healthy Ageing and Biodiversity research, with over 40 research groups and some 200 Post-Docs, PhD Students and support staff.

GEE has a rich collaborative network across our partner organisations, external research communities and UCL’s Research Domains. 

The university funds cross-disciplinary research communities that span UCL and our partner organisations, fostering interaction and collaboration. GEE’s research interests extend across 6 of the 9 UCL Research Domains.

UCL has invested in the technology and infrastructure needed to foster outstanding research.

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Research Facilities


Nanostring Facility

The GEE Nanostring technology is perfect tool for validation of NGS and microarray data; biomarker validation and more.


Ancient DNA Facility

The lab provides a high-containment ultra-clean environment for the extraction and first-stage processing of nucleic acids from archaeological and forensic materials

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UCL Genomics

This central UCL service facility provides various kinds of high-throughput analyses, such as next-generation sequencing (454, Illumina, ABI SOLiD), microarray analysis or high-throughput SNP genotyping.

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UCL Research Computing

UCL provides researchers with high-performance computing capacity including Legion and Iridis. UCL also provides access to STFC hosted Emerald high performance system. These facilities are accessible to any UCL researcher with high computing demands.

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UCL Biosciences Research Facilities

The Division of Biosciences provides a number of central services for all staff.

UCL Research Domains 

Research Networks & Centres 

Research Partners

Natural History Museum

With a long history of scientific research into its collections, the National History Museum has played a key role in training the next generation of scientists for many years, at both the Masters and PhD levels. 

The Museum’s expertise, research interests, collections and facilities contribute to training the next generation of scientists in collections-based research. The NHM is a formal partner in two UCL courses: MRes Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation and MSc Biodiversity and Global Change.

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ZSL The Institute of Zoology

The Institute of Zoology (IoZ) is a world-renowned research centre working at the cutting edge of conservation science.

IoZ has an established record of conservation impact in important research areas, including: Wildlife health, Bringing threatened species back from the brink of extinction, Global biodiversity monitoring and mitigating the impacts of climate change on biodiversity

IoZ is affiliated with University College London (UCL), specifically with the UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment.

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Image: Institute of Zoology

Francis Wall Oliver Research Centre - Blakeney Point


UCL and countless students owe a great debt to Professor Francis Oliver (Quain Professor of Botany, 1888-1929) for his foresight and vision in establishing a field station at the Old Life Boat House at Blakeney Point. It is an ideal location for the study of important coastal habitats, notably shingle ridge, salt marsh and sand dune. Blakeney Point is also home to the largest seal population in England, with over 2,200 common and grey seals.

Nowadays, the facility is used for undergraduate and MRes in Ecology field study courses throughout the summer. 

Blakeney Point

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