Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Scanning electron micrograph of the dendrites of a cerebellar Purkinje cell - Hausser Lab




WIBR was founded at UCL in 1996 by Salvador Moncada (FRS)

The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research at UCL is an academic department of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of University College London located in London, United Kingdom. The Institute is situated in the Cruciform Building, formerly the main building of University College Hospital, in the Bloomsbury district of Central London.

Originally named the Cruciform Project, its aim is to facilitate the interface between fundamental biological research and its application both to the discovery of new medicines and to clinical practice. The Institute now comprises more than 200 scientists, many of whom are of international standing.

WIBR  Scientists recognised by the Royal Society

• John Wood 2009
• Bill Richardson 2013
• Michael Hausser 2015


Famous people who worked at the institute

Sir Patrick Vallance, FRS FMedSci FRCP HonFREng is Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA), National Technology Adviser (NTA) and Head of the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Profession.
Ashley Jarvis, Executive Vice President, Head of Medicinal Chemistry, Evotec.
Paul van Heyningen, OBE, Deputy Director for Energy Security and Net Zero, in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 
Matthew Fogarty, Head of Patient Safety, NHS-England.
Rebuen Dawkins, Co-Funder and CEO, Link Biologics.
Sam Shepherd, International music super star (Floating Points)
Chih-Cheng Chen, Professor, Cademica Sineca, Taiwan
Professor Ian Charles, Director of the Quadram Institute.
Prof. John Garthwaite, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Neuroscience
Prof Chris Boshoff, MD, PhD, FMedSci, Chief Development Officer, Pfizer Oncology and Rare Disease
Dr Karl Peter Giese, Chair of Neuroscience of Mental Health, KCL
Dr Georgy Koentges, Professor of Biomedicine and Evolution. University of Warwick
Dr Brigitte Meunier, Clinical expert, Orphanet Institute, France
Ken Powell, Chairman Of The Board at Theolytics and Founder 3C CIC
Prof. Gareth Williams, co-founder and Medical Director at Oncologica
Gabriel Benthall, Associate Director, Oncology, Global Analytics & Insights, AstraZeneca.