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Welcome to Cell Biology

The Centre for Cell Biology is one of fifteen UK-based Wellcome Trust Centres, three 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 their own instincts.

Julie Welburn

Congratulations to Julie Welburn who was awarded the Patrick Neill Medal last year “for enhancing our understanding of human cell division and disease through her research into the structure and cooperativit

Public Engagement

WCB’s Public Engagement Team recently joined forces with the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology (University of Glasgow) to engage with approximately 10,000 people over 3 days at the spectacular New Scientist Live event at London’s ExCel Centre.

Tollervey Lab

Congratulations to David Tollervey and Aleksandra Helwak from the Tollervey Lab for their recent funding award:

Funder: Foundation For Prader-Willi Research
Title: Non-coding RNAs in neuronal differentiation and PWS
Award to: Aleksandra Helwak and David Tollervey for $162K

Tollervey lab

The Mould that Changed the World

Lucy Remnant, Post-doc in the Earnshaw lab, has been donning a lab coat outside the centre this August, as she treads the boards as part of the science based musical “The Mould that Changed the World”. Lucy appeared in a shorter version of this musical, based on the discovery of penicillin, back in 2018, and is back as a key member of the 2022 revival cast. 

JP Arulanandam

Congratulations to JP on being awarded both an ERC Advanced Grant and an MRC Research Grant.

ERC Advanced Grant: 5 year research grant to study the mechanistic basis for centromere mediated control of error-free chromosome segregation (2.2M euros).

Tollervey Lab

Excellent news as The Leverhulme Trust has offered the University of Edinburgh £420,057 for research by David Tollervey and Aziz El Hage on the project: "Roles of the RNA exosome and RNase H in R-loop-mediated genomic instability”.

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Leverhulme Trust