Molecular and Cell Biology at Leicester

Welcome to the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology. The Department hosts around 40 academic staff, forming a coherent research community with internationally recognised research strength in:

  • Structure, Dynamics and Assembly of Macromolecular Complexes
  • Single Molecule Approaches to Understanding Biological Systems
  • Mechanisms and Principles of Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Channels, Receptors and Signalling

The Department delivers a number of outstanding undergraduate (BSc) taught courses:

We also provide postgraduate (MSc) taught courses in Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics. We also host a large number of postgraduate (PhD) researchers from the UK and around the world.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology was formed in 2015 from the Department of Biochemistry, founded in 1961 by Sir Hans Kornberg, FRS, with the inclusion of approximately half of the former Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology.

The Department is housed within the state-of-the-art research building, the Henry Wellcome Building. The Department has >40 academic staff/principal investigators, a thriving research community, and holds a considerable portfolio of grant-funding.

Within the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology our research activity makes major contributions to a number of Research Themes:

Molecular and Cellular Bioscience

Cardiovascular Science


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Contact Details

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Henry Wellcome Building
Lancaster Road
LE1 9HN (Postal)

LE1 7HB (Sat Nav/Online maps)

T:  +44(0)116 229 7038
F:  +44(0)116 229 7123

Redfearn Lecture 2015

Professor Jean Beggs FRS

Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology

University of Edinburgh

"Functional interactions between splicing, transcription and chromatin"

January 22, 2015