About the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

We provide infrastructure and a supportive environment for more than 30 active and dynamic research groups, forming a coherent research community with established strengths in four areas of fundamental and translational scientific research.

We are part of the College of Life Sciences. The Department is almost wholly accommodated within the Henry Wellcome Building and contiguous with the Leicester Institute for Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB), with a number of MCB principal investigators also being core members of LISCB.

We also hosts a teaching community, including a group of teaching-focused academics, which contributes to undergraduate and post-graduate taught degree courses, particularly within the School of Biological Sciences. We also have a large, flourishing community of doctoral students conducting research towards achieving PhD degrees.

In addition to academic faculty and PhD students, we provide a positive working environment for post-doctoral research associates and research support staff, bringing the total departmental head-count to >200 individuals.

We actively strive to advance our equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and are the proud holder of an Athena SWAN silver award.


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