UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


CoMPLEX: Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences & Experimental Biology

CoMPLEX, the Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, is UCL’s centre for interdisciplinary research in the medical and life sciences. It brings together life and medical scientists with mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and engineers to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine. 

CoMPLEX research is led by members drawn from 29 Departments and Institutes across UCL, and is physically located within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. CoMPLEX’s research is organized across the biological scales that contribute to biological complexity:

  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Integration of Cellular Function
  • Physiological and Neural Systems
  • Evolution and Dynamics of Populations
  • Systems Biology
  • Special Initiative in Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Research

This diversity exploits the unique breadth of research strength at UCL. In all cases, research projects involve active collaboration between scientists drawn from across the interface of the mathematical and life sciences.

There is also a  British Heart Foundation-funded initiative in the cardiovascular sciences.