• Photo of the new LMB building opened in 2012

LMB COVID response

You can now apply to the LMB International PhD Programme for October 2022 start.

About Us

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a research institute dedicated to the understanding of important biological processes at the levels of atoms, molecules, cells and organisms. In doing so, we provide knowledge needed to solve key problems in human health.

Our scientists tackle fundamental, often difficult and long-term research problems. The LMB has made revolutionary contributions to science, such as pioneering X-ray crystallography and electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) to determine protein structures, the sequencing of DNA and the development of monoclonal antibodies. Twelve Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work carried out by LMB scientists.

The LMB also promotes the application and exploitation of our research findings, both by collaboration with existing companies and the founding of new ones, helping to advance medical research and the translation and application of knowledge.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both young and established researchers, with state-of-the-art facilities and a unique scientific culture. The LMB has always been very diverse, with a truly international outlook. We currently employ men and women from over 50 countries, and LMB alumni work in research organisations across the world.

Insight on Research

Tail of SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein is optimised to reach the cell surface causing infection to spread to neighbouring cells

Comparison of syncytia formation between Spike expressing cells (red) and uninfected cells (green) at 2 hours and 16 hours.

Sean Munro’s group, in collaboration with Leo James’ group, have determined how the tail of the Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 allows the virus to travel beyond the Golgi in order to reach the cell surface and direct fusion to neighbouring cells to form syncytia.

Advanced understanding of how suprachiasmatic nucleus regulates the body’s circadian rhythm

Single-cell RNA sequencing analysis of over 30,000 suprachiasmatic nucleus cells by Michael Hastings’ group in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division has identified specific cell populations and highlighted the role of Prokineticinsignalling network to the body’s circadian rhythm.

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