• Photo of the new LMB building opened in 2012

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

How flies use smell to determine the identity and position of other flies

Researchers from Greg Jefferis’ group in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division have determined the highly specified neural mechanisms which allow Drosophila flies to identify and locate males by scent of a pheromone.

Activating the kinase protein PI3Kα revealed as a potential therapeutic target to protect and regenerate cells

New pre-clinical research in Roger Williams’ group at MRC LMB, University College London and AstraZeneca discovers an activator of PI3Ka that can protect heart cells from dying in the case of injury and accelerate the regeneration of neurons

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