UCL Faculty of Life Sciences


Meet the Experts

Our Faculty is a dynamic environment with a diverse body of expertise across the life sciences. Find out about our academics research and teaching interests, their journeys to UCL, and much more.

Division of Biosciences experts


Joanne Santini


Professor Joanne Santini is a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Structural and Molecular Biology, which is part of the Division of Biosciences. Her work focuses on a wide range of areas, namely arsenic metabolism, microbial bioleaching, extremophiles, bacteriophages, and gut microbiomes.

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Professor Joanne Santini

Lucy van Dorp


Dr Lucy van Dorp is a Senior Research Fellow in the UCL Genetics Institute in the Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, in the Division of Biosciences. Lucy has worked in the field of microbial genomics at UCL for several years.

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Dr Lucy van Dorp


Tim Blackburn

Professor Tim Blackburn is a Professor of Invasion Biology in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, in the Division of Biosciences. Tim's research research primarily addresses questions relating to human-mediated biological invasions.

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Tim Blackburn

Andrea Townsend-Nicholson


Professor Andrea Townsend-Nicholson is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Division of Biosciences at UCL. Her research covers understanding how cells interpret extracellular signals and turn this information into intracellular responses.

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Andrea Townsend-Nicholson

MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology experts


Yanlan Mao


Dr Yanlan Mao is a Group Leader and Associate Professor at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology. She combines genetics, imaging, biophysics and mathematical modelling approaches to study the role of mechanical forces in tissue development, homeostasis and repair.

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Dr Yanlan Mao standing in front of a bookcase

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre experts

Ann Duan


Dr Ann Duan is a Group Leader at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. Her research group's goal is to understand how animals make flexible decisions under risk and social influence, and the neural circuit mechanisms underlying these choices.

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Dr Ann Duan working at her lab bench

School of Pharmacy experts


Nadia Bukhari


Nadia Bukhari, Academic Pharmacist and Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL School of Pharmacy, is also a Global Pharmacy Ambassador for UCL. Nadia is also renowned within the industry, both in the UK and internationally, for her campaigns to support the role of the pharmacist and specifically to drive forward opportunities for women in pharmacy.

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Nadia Bukhari



Matthew Todd


Matthew Todd is Chair of Drug Discovery in UCL’s School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on the development of new ways to make molecules - particularly in open science projects where all the research takes place “live and online” in the public domain.

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matthew todd

Ahad Rahim


Ahad Rahim is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at UCL and the Associate Director of Research at UCL’s School of Pharmacy. Ahad leads a research team that focuses on studying rare paediatric neurodegenerative disorders, more common adult neurological diseases and developing novel therapies.

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ahad rahim



Abdul Basit


Abdul Basit is Professor of Pharmaceutics at the UCL School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on drug delivery, the microbiome, 3D printing of pharmaceuticals and digital health.

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Abdul Basit