University College London (UCL) is home to a very large community of excellent scientists focusing outstanding research power on problems from all branches of the modern biosciences and their associated disciplines. As well as concentrations on well-established specialities UCL also strongly emphasises work at their interfaces. UCL has set itself a range of ambitious Grand Challenges in order to make meaningful contributions to issues of global importance. All of these features and initiatives align with many of the BBSRC's key priorities as investors in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public.
Cross faculty structures and institutes support structural molecular biology (with Birkbeck, ISMB), nanotechnology (with Imperial College, LCN), mathematical, physical and engineering approaches to life science (CoMPLEX) both computational biology and computational medical sciences, statistics and genetics, infectious disease (with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Bloomsbury Research Institute), the physics of living systems and also drug discovery. UCL has also expanded collaboration in BBSRC priority areas through excellent research links to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), The Natural History Museum (NHM) and The Francis Crick Institute (FCI).
UCL continues to recruit outstanding senior and junior scientists working in fields supported by the BBSRC – there are new Chairs and Lectureships in Cellular Systems Biology, Developmental Genetics, Statistical Genetics, Bioinformatics, Systems Ecology, Cell Biophysics, Synthetic Biology, Stem Cell Bioprocessing and Super Resolution Imaging. UCL also continues to invest in its estate (£500M by 2022) including that for sciences encompassed by the LIDo DTP. For example investments in pilot plant at the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Biologics, specialist-computing expertise to leverage local (many thousands of CPU and CUDA cores) and national high performance computing alongside specialist training and secondments expand the foundations for effective research across BBSRC priority areas.