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Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology

A joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL

The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) was created in July 2003 to promote Structural Biology, Proteomics, and Chemical Biology at UCL and Birkbeck, and to foster closer links between:


The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology seeks to provide a scientific environment conducive to world-class research in the field of protein science. Our understanding of protein function increasingly depends on a deeper knowledge of the chemical and physical principles that govern protein behaviour (substrate recognition, catalysis, macromolecular interaction, etc). Work at the institute seeks to integrate the chemical and physical sciences to provide the molecular basis of protein function. The ISMB also seeks to exploit the knowledge of protein function to further our understanding of human diseases.


Members of the institute include some of the most productive UK scientists in the field of structural biology, chemical biology, biophysics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Individual members have developed an impressive funding base totaling more than £59M in over the period 2008-2009. ISMB members participate in six main research programmes (see below) and seek to generate collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the corresponding areas.


The Institute's six programmes are listed below. A major goal of the ISMB is to promote interdisciplinary research linking its six programmes.


* ISMB Highlights


Spring 2018 seminars


Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, University of London
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