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Welcome to Cell Biology

HeLa cells expressing nuclear envelope protein NET37 fused to GFP. The cell in the middle is in early prophase, with the star-like shape being where the nuclear envelope is being punched in from either side by microtubules

The Centre for Cell Biology is one of eight UK-based Wellcome Trust Centres, two of which are in Scotland. We were granted full Centre status by the Wellcome Trust in 2001, the year that the draft human genome was published.

Our mission is to play a significant part of the scientific global endeavour aimed at understanding living systems at the molecular level, making discoveries that advance knowledge of normal and abnormal cell function.

We currently specialise in the following areas: 1) the synthesis, processing, localisation and degradation of RNA; 2) epigenetic control of chromosome function; 3) mechanisms of cell growth & duplication; 4) the rules that govern cellular architecture.

Our research is “investigator-led”; in other words, the Centre’s scientific progress depends on the ingenuity and curiosity of its research group leaders, each of whom follows his or her own instincts.