Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research

The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research was established at UCL in 1995 for the pursuit of excellence in translational biomedical research. Now, with its primary focus on fundamental and translational neuroscience, the WIBR is a key hub within the rich environment of the UCL neuroscience community.
A view of the UCL Cruciform Building through the tall pillars of the Portico Building

Our history

WIBR was founded in 1996 by Salvador Moncada, and has three scientists recognised by the Royal Society.

Lab Research Photo


The WIBR is home to Principal Investigators, with established senior academics and early-career scientists.

Teaching in lab


We support a number of undergraduate modules and run an established master's in drug design.

Zeiss Gemini SEM 460 Microscope (Credit: Zeiss)


Our high-spec equipments are available to trained users within and outside UCL on a pay-per-use basis.

Lab group of John Wood at a restaurant


Get details of our leadership team, research staff, lab managers, technicians and support teams.

The Cruciform Building as viewed from Gower Street, London

Contact us

The Wolfson Institute is located within our Bloomsbury Campus. Get our addresses and contact details.

Cruciform Building

The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research is located in the Cruciform Building at University College London.

This imposing edifice is a Grade II listed building designed by the renowned Victorian architect, Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.

The Cruciform Building was completed in 1906 and functioned as University College Hospital for over 90 years. 

The building underwent a £50 million renovation to restore its grandeur and to generate a modern and high quality interior for the 21st century.

The Cruciform Building

The entrance to the UCL Cruciform Building

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