The MRC LMCB at UCL (LMCB) is a Medical Research Council-UCL University Unit. Eighteen programme leaders and 130 staff and PhD students work together to understand the fundamental principles of cell biology relevant to human disease. We are located in the heart of the Bloomsbury Campus of UCL and are funded by the MRC and other sponsors, including Cancer Research UK, The Wellcome Trust and University College London.
History of the LMCB
The LMCB opened in 1993 under the leadership of Prof Colin Hopkins, as one of the first centres dedicated to molecular cell biology in the UK. In April 2001, Prof Alan Hall took over as director, and a new MRC Cell Biology Unit (CBU) was incorporated within the LMCB. In March 2006, Prof Mark Marsh became the LMCB Director. In 2013, the 'MRC LMCB at UCL' University Unit was established as a division within UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences. Prof Alison Lloyd was appointed as Director in 2020.
The LMCB is a division within UCL's Faculty of Life Sciences, one of four Faculties in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. The Faculty of Life Sciences also includes the Division of Biosciences, the School of Pharmacy, the Gatsby Computational Neurosciences Unit and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.
The Faculty has been associated with six Nobel Laureates and presents an unrivalled environment for students and researchers in life science disciplines ranging from the biology of molecules, cells and organisms through to neuroscience and behavioural sciences.