LMCB - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology


About our research

Molecular cell biology is one of the most exciting and important areas of biomedical research. Major human diseases such as cancer, inflammation, neuro-degeneration and pathogen infection are primarily diseases of cells, and without a molecular understanding of the underlying cell mechanisms, directed therapeutic intervention is impossible. Our goal is to foster collaborative multidisciplinary research and cutting-edge technology to promote imaginative and innovative discoveries in cell biology.

Our research themes include:

  • Disease
  • Physical biology of the cell
  • Cell organisation and dynamics
  • Gene expression
  • Cross-scale analysis of cells and tissues
  • Cell growth and division

Our state-of-the-art in-house technology development platforms include:


    The LMCB promotes a culture of local and global collaboration. Its location UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences facilitates interdisciplinary exchange across UCL departments, and the close proximity of many research centres, including the Francis Crick Institute, Kings College London, Imperial College London and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, encourages a vibrant atmosphere of interactive, ambitious research. The map plots worldwide collaborations by current group leaders.


    Funding & awards

    The LMCB has raised £60M of research funding over the last five years. Of this, the Medical Research Council provides £24M of core funding for infrastructure and research programmes.
    Prestigious awards to investigators include:
    • MRC Programme and Project Grants (Chris Stefan, Adolfo Saiardi, Franck Pichaud)
    • MRC Fellowships and Grants (Yanlan Mao, Alison Lloyd)
    • ERC Grants (Sophie Acton)
    • Wellcome Trust Fellowships and Grants (Jonathan Chubb, Antonella Riccio, Agathe Chaigne)
    • CRUK Fellowships and Grants (Sophie Acton, Rob de Bruin, Alison Lloyd)
    • BBSRC Grants and Awards (Ricardo Henriques, Jonathan Chubb)
    • BSCB Hooke Medal (Ewa Paluch)
    • Philip Leverhulme Prize (Ewa Paluch)
    • BSCB Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal (Yanlan Mao)
    • L'Oreal-UNESCO Award (Sophie Acton, Yanlan Mao)
    • Lister Institute Prize Fellowship (Yanlan Mao)