UCL Division of Biosciences


Cell Biology stream

Our MRes Biosciences: Cell Biology programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of cell biology.

Programme Highlights

Cutting-Edge Research

Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced research in the field.They will engage in 10-month long research projects at the forefront of cell biology, exploring the latest advancements and contributing to the field's growth. Supervisors are drawn from across the world-leading researchers in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and recent project titles include:

  • Yap1 as a mechanical trans
  • CHC22 SNP’s rs1061325 involvement in glucose homeostasis
  • Investigating the acquired resistance to PBD dimers and PBD dimer-based ADCs
  • Identification of new regulators of nuclear division in animal cells
  • Mechanism by which CDK4/6 inhibitors radio-sensitize cancer cells
  • Developing a Platform for Complex Disease Modelling of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Role of Arf tyrosine phosphorylation in cellular processes
  • Characterisation of the role of cyclophilin A in hepatitis C virus replication
  • Study the impacts of in vivo emerged simian immunodeficiency virus envelope (Env) mutations on polarised Env sorting
  • cdk4/6 inhibition as a means to improve response of cancers to radiation
  • Determining the stage of viral fusion blocked by IFITM proteins
  • Physical interactions of Diaph1 in the actin signalling pathway regulating blebs
  • Cell delamination during Drosophila notum development
  • Functional analysis of the rho GTPase cycle during fast endophilin mediated endocytosis (FEME)
  • Vaccinia virus-induced host cell migration
  • Analysis of HIV Gag protein assembly using novel microscopy techniques
  • IP6K1 inhibits JMJD2C-mediated neuronal differentiation

State-of-the-art Facilities

Access modern laboratories and facilities equipped with advanced technologies, providing an optimal environment for research and experimentation. These include:

Interdisciplinary curriculum

Benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates various aspects of cell biology, preparing you for diverse career paths. The recommended elective taught module will in most instances be:

Please Note: There may be access to modules other than those provided in the following lists. However, all optional modules must have the approval of the subject stream tutor.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MRes Biosciences: Cell Biology are well-equipped to pursue careers in academia, research institutions, biotechnology companies, and healthcare organizations. The programme provides a solid foundation for those seeking to further their education through a PhD or enter the workforce immediately, but most graduates of the programme go on to a PhD.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the MRes programme, applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences or a related discipline. A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) is required, and applicants are selected based on academic achievements, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Contact Us

Professor Gyorgy Szabadkai
For inquiries about the Stem Cells and Developmental Genetics stream please contact the stream tutor Prof Gyorgy Szabadkai on g.szabadkai@ucl.ac.uk. More general questions about admissions to the MRes should be directed towards biosciences_pgt_admissions@ucl.ac.uk.