UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Geraint Thomas

Prof Geraint Thomas

Professor of Biochemistry

Cell & Developmental Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2003

Research summary

Understanding and enabling control in biological systems - analysis, interpretation and manipulation. We take a broad, multifactorial approach to understanding cellular functions and their control across a range of scales from molecules upwards. 

Some projects focus on identified and well-described signalling proteins sometimes interacting in unexpected ways or combinations e.g. nucleotide exchange factors, G-proteins and protein kinases. Other work seeks to apply cutting edge molecular analytical methods to the study of cells and tissues functioning collectively in health and disease e.g. direct imaging and detection of cell signalling molecules, proliferative drive or stemness using label-free Raman imaging or new ultra-fast, ultra-resolving electrophoretic approaches. 

We also aim to apply all of these approaches and our increased understanding of molecular and cellular behaviours to the engineering of living cells for the production of useful metabolites. Our research projects feature experimental work coupled with advanced mathematical, computational or statistical approaches or they can be entirely theoretical. We have active collaborations with a range academic groups across an array of disciplines from life sciences, physics, medicine and chemistry, all interested in understanding the molecular basis of cellular behaviours and processes. Collaborative research with analytical, metrology and bio-industrial companies is an important aspect of our work.Portico

Teaching summary

Programme Director: Natural Sciences B.Sc. and M.Sci. programmes (from September 2015)

Director: SysMIC - Interdisciplinary Skills for Biosciences (www.sysmic.ac.uk)

Deputy Director: London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (LIDo)
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0009 Cell Biology 
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0010 The Principles of Cellular Control
Course organiser and lecturer: CELL0011 Integrative Cell Biology 
Lecturer: BIOS0019 Life Sciences Foundation (for Natural Sciences)
Lecturer: CELL1002 Introduction to Cell Biology
Lecturer: PHAR3003 Molecular Pharmacology
Lecturer: Signalling Techniques in Immunology (Infection and Immunity MSc), University of Utrecht Medical School.
Tutorials: Natural Sciences B.Sc. and M.Sci. programme.


Open University
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2008
Open University
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma | 2004
Birkbeck College
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2001
Birkbeck College
Other qualification, Advanced Certificate | 2000
Birkbeck College
Other qualification, Advanced Certificate | 1999
CNAA (Council for National Academic Awards)
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1989
University of Wales, Swansea
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1986