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Structural and Molecular Biology

We are the Research Department of discoveries, new ideas and methodologies in biomolecular sciences. Within the stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing, we lead and advance on essential questions in exciting areas of modern biochemistry, biotechnology, and medicine at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels.

Owing to the strength and the technical expertise of its research community SMB is a key player in many collaborative multi-disciplinary projects across UCL, nationally and internationally. This vision is enhanced via our partnership with the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck College and the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB).

Emerging from the rich history of Biochemistry Departments at UCL, nowadays, the SMB provides a home to engaged, enthusiastic and well-supported staff and students. We learn and teach through our research; we nurture curiosity, welcome challenging questions, and embrace all voices.

 

Atomic resolution structure of the core complex of a type IV secretion system involved in bacterial conjugation (Nature (2009) 462:2011-2015)

Atomic resolution structure of the core complex of a type IV secretion system involved in bacterial conjugation (Nature (2009) 462:2011-2015)


Our Department

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Our People

Our researchers ask key questions in medicine, biology and biotechnology and answer them by relating different timescales and molecular processes to cellular function and human health.

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Become Part of SMB

Our growing and vibrant research community is always looking for the brightest minds in science - see all of our current opportunities

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History

From the provision for chemical physiology as early as 1909 to the groundbreaking work by Robert Plimmer, Jack Drummond and many more, UCL has been at the cutting edge of biochemistry research for over 100 years.

Research

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Research Groups


Find out about the ground-breaking research work that is going on across the 15+ research groups which make up our department.

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Research Themes


SMB develops innovative research in modern biochemistry, biotechnology, and medicine at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels through six research themes.

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Early Careers Community


Our research department is home to a thriving community of postdoctoral researchers and fellows supported by skills training, careers advice and more.

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Fellowships


We promote multi-disciplinary research at the interface of structural, cell and chemical biology in a unique link between UCL and Birkbeck and welcome fellows.

facilities

The Department hosts a number of facilities that underlie our work in the biophysics, molecular structure, biochemistry and cell biology fields.

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SMB on Youtube


Watch our researchers presenting their work at conferences and events all over the world.

Study

We offer BSc and MSci Degrees in Biochemistry. Students in Biochemistry or Biological Sciences are also able to enter a Molecular Biology pathway in Year 2. 

Biosciences offers a range of MSc and MRes programmes. In particular, the MRes Biosciences offers 12 pathways including Biochemistry.

The department offers both three and four year MPhil/PhD courses covering a variety of research projects.

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Short Courses

Short and intense training for anyone wishing to learn new skills or further develop the ones they have. Courses have a high tutor/student ratio.

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SMB 3 Minute Thesis Winner

Is it possible to present an 80,000 word thesis in 3 minutes in non-specialist language with just one slide? 

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Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology

The Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) is a joint initiative between UCL and Birkbeck that promotes multi-disciplinary research at the interface of structural, computational and chemical biology.

Find out more about departmental Equality, Diversity & Inclusion efforts

Wellbeing

Find resources and support for promoting student and staff wellbeing

Sustainability

Find out about sustainability initiatives for labs and individuals


Contact Us

Department of Structural and Molecular Biology
Division of Biosciences
UCL Darwin Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

General Enquiries tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2308, email: tabitha.owen@ucl.ac.uk
Postgraduate Enquiries email: biosciences.pgr.admin@ucl.ac.uk
Undergraduate Enquiries email: biosciences-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

The majority of our laboratories and research spaces are located in the UCL Darwin Building on Gower Street, formerly the site of 'Macaw Cottage', a residence of Charles Darwin's.

The main reception to the building is accessed via Darwin Walk, off Malet Place, entered via Torrington Road.

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News and Events

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ISMB has a weekly seminar series every Wednesday during term time from 1:00pm - 2:00pm. The 'Friday Wraps' are talks given by PhD students and early career researchers in ISMB where they present their latest work. These are held every Friday at 2pm. 

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