The latest news and updates of what CoMPLEX students and supervisors are contributing to the scientific world.


Tumour growth can be predicted by computer

CoMPLEX student Marc Williams and Dr Chris Barnes, in collaboration with Andrea Sottoriva (Institute of Cancer Research) and Trevor Graham (Barts Cancer Institute),   have created a computer program that lets them model how a patient’s tumour will grow, in the same way that forecasters predict the weather. Click here to read more.

Published: Jun 11, 2018 2:15:29 PM

Complex supervisor Yanlan Mao wins L'Oreal-UNESCO award for Women In Science

The award aims to provide women with practical financial support to help keep them in the scientific community. Dr Mao won the award for her work exploring cell and tissue repair after injury, which could ultimately help scar reduction and advanced wound healing. Click here to read more.

Published: Jun 11, 2018 2:13:43 PM

Navigating with grid-like representations in artificial agents

In the latest paper published in Nature by one of CoMPLEX/Deepmind students, an artificial agent is developed to test the theory that grid cells support vector-based navigation, in keeping with the overarching philosophy that algorithms used for AI can meaningfully approximate elements of the brain. Click here to read more.

Published: May 10, 2018 3:23:29 PM

Neuro-AI Forging Links Between Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Symposium

On Monday 19 March 2018, UCL’s Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX), in association with UCL’s Neuroscience Domain hosted 200 researchers at an afternoon symposium entitled “Neuro-AI - Forging Closer Links between Neuroscience and Machine Learning”.

Published: May 10, 2018 12:30:19 PM

2018 Cumberland Annual Student Conference

The 2018 annual CoMPLEX Conference took place at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park at the end of March. As ever, the event featured an exciting range of student, alumni and external speakers and the theme for this year was “The Future of Healthcare”.

Published: Nov 30, 2017 10:49:32 AM

2017 Cumberland Annual Student Conference

 We held the annual CoMPLEX conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park. As well as student talks, we used the conference as an opportunity to talk about politics, AI, and science in the context of recent political events: our theme was "Post-Truth and AI".

Published: Nov 30, 2017 10:49:32 AM

Artificial Intelligence in Bioscience Symposium Sep 2017

The  Special Interest group on Artificial Intelligence in Biomedicine  held its latest quarterly meeting on 14 Sep and hosted various talks on initiatives combining the use of AI in the Life Science sectors. CoMPLEX contributed introducing Dr Caswell Barry, Principal Research Associate at UCL Cell & Development Biology department and one of our most regular collaborators. His presentation What can AI contribute to Neuroscience? kept the audience enthralled until the end. You can watch the video for this and other presentations  here.  

Published: Nov 27, 2017 11:26:47 AM

UPDATE: 2018/19 Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for 2018/19 admission to the MRes Modelling Biological Complexity.  We are now accepting applications from self-funding candidates for the MRes programme. The deadline for applications for this programme is 31st August 2018. Only complete applications submitted by this date will be considered.  Unfortunately, there are no funded places on offer for 2018/19. 

Published: Nov 27, 2017 10:16:36 AM

Postgraduate Open Day 2017/18

The postgraduate open day for potential students interested in applying for a place at CoMPLEX 2017/18 is taking place on Wednesday 23rd November at UCL. The event runs from 14:00-19:00 and the CoMPLEX stand will be manned from 15:00-17:00.

Published: Oct 27, 2016 4:35:13 PM

Published: Oct 17, 2016 3:36:27 PM

Student Annual Conference 2016

The annual CoMPLEX conference this year was held at Cumberland Lodge situated in Windsor Great Park. The theme this year was 'The (Mis)representation of Science', so along with great talks by both CoMPLEX PhD students and students from the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, we had several invited speakers to talk about the theme. 

Joanne Thomas from Sense about Science talked about how to stand up for science and Dr Peter Broks gave us some insight into the history of popular science. 

The story of a particular clash between industry and academic freedom of speech was recounted by Adrian Timpson and our keynote talk at the conference was given by Prof David Colquhoun, who delivered an excellent talk on the problems of the academia system and the misuse of statistics, amongst many other important issues. 

We also had a very thought provoking discussion on 'Who is to blame for the misrepresentation of science', this was chaired by Science Communicator and actor Stephen McGann, and also featured Lucy van Dorp, Prof Andrew Pomiankowski and Dr Peter Broks. 

As well as promoting debate about the theme of the conference, the event was a great opportunity to talk about our research to one another in a relaxed environment.

Cumberland Lodge 2016
CoMPLEX PhD Student Publication
Clonal status of actionable driver events and the timing of mutational processes in cancer evolution
Recently graduated CoMPLEX PhD student, Dr Nicholas McGranahan has recently published a paper that has been receiving a lot of interest in the press including from the BBC and the Guardian.
Dr N McGranahan Cancer
CoMPLEX PhD Student Publication
Activation of G Proteins Nucleotide Exchange Factors Relies on GTPase Activity
Recently graduated PhD student Dr Robert Stanley is lead author on paper based on his PhD which was recently published in PLOS One 
R Stanley PLOS One
CoMPLEX PhD Student Publication
Visualising apoptosis in live zebrafish using fluorescence lifetime imaging with optical projection tomography to map FRET biosensor activity in space and time
Third year PhD student, Nicola Lockwood has had another paper published in the Journal of Biophotonics. 
Nicola Lockwood Publication
CoMPLEX PhD Student Publication
Identification of neutral tumor evolution across cancer types
CoMPLEX alumni, Dr Trevor Graham is lead author on a paper with second year CoMPLEX PhD student, Marc Williams, published in Nature Genetics

Marc Williams Nature Genetics

CoMPLEX PhD Student Publication: Important factors determining the nanoscale tracking precision of dynamic microtubule ends

Nils Gustafsson recently had a paper published in the Journal of Microscopy

Nils Gustafsson Publication Image
PhD Student Publication: Why we think the very first farmers were small groups with property rights

CoMPLEX PhD student, Elizabeth Gallagher has had a paper published on The Conversation
E Gallagher Publication, The Conversation

Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

CoMPLEX supervisor, John O'Keefe has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an 'inner GPS' - that enables us to orient ourselves. 

10 October 2014

John O'Keefe Nobel Prize Winner

Student publication on PLoS Biology

CoMPLEX student Victor Sojo has published his research on the early evolution of life and the divergence between archaea and bacteria on the journal PLoS Biology.

The article has been assigned the front page of the journal and it has since received coverage on New Scientist (where it was also granted the front page), International Business Times, the Daily Mail Online, and BBC Radio 5 Live's Naked Scientists podcast of 17 August. 

13 August 2014

Victor Sojo PLoS Biology

PhD Student publication on human vision

PhD student Manos Protonotarios is the lead author on the article "An absolute interval scale if order for point patterns", published today on the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

 30 July 2014


PhD Student Microscopy Publication

CoMPLEX PhD student Sian Culley has contributed to the article "Low power super resolution fluorescence microscopy by lifetime modification and image reconstruction".

The article can be accessed on the website of the journal Optics Express.

 14 May 2014

Sian Culley Low Power Publication

PhD Student Nutrition Publication

CoMPLEX PhD student Rob Stanley has contributed to a significant study of nutrition entitled "A probabilistic model to evaluate population dietary recommendations".

The article is published on the British Journal of Nutrition and can be accessed here

8 May 2014

Robert Stanley British Journal Nutrition

MRes Student publishes on Current Biology

CoMPLEX MRes student Nils Gustafsson has contributed to an article on the prestigious journal Current Biology.

The paper is entitled "EB1 Accelerates Two Conformational Transitions Important for Microtubule Maturation and Dynamics" and at present can be freely accessed on Current Biology's website. 

9 March 2014

Gustafsson publication