Research

The Network

The Institute of Chemical Biology Centre for Doctoral Training has stimulated the growth of a collaborative network in chemical biology that spans a total of 60+ research groups from all three faculties of Imperial College (IC), plus numerous industrial collaborators and a number of UK and Overseas universities-this play a key role in supporting a vibrant training culture and environment for our students. This network is now being further propagated by the research councils’ networks in chemical biology (PPI-Net and Agri-Net), two of which are led by the ICB. 

The success of the CDT has led to the upgrading of the Chemical Biology Centre to the Institute of Chemical Biology. It is now one of only 5 cross-faculty institutes in IC and is an important component and contributor to College research strategy.

The figure below illustrates the current supervisory network of the ICB CDT. Each line represents a studentship and every colour the host department of a supervisor. For over a decade the CDT network has shown consistent growth in terms of academic groups participating and research funding with an average of 7 new research groups joining each year. In turn the number of supervisory PhD links has also increased year on year since 2003: in 2003 there were 15 connections between 15 academics, in 2008, 107 links between 60 academics and in 2011, 149 links between 62 academics.

This network has enabled the CDT to shape the national landscape by bringing together groups modifying, translating and improving technologies that are already being used for biological analysis and drug discovery, and groups developing wholly novel approaches not yet ready for deployment. It has provided an interface between these groups and end users in academia, industry and the medical sector and driven an extensive programme of technology transfer.

  • Department of Surgery & Cancer
  • AstraZeneca
  • Department of Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Department of Medicine
  • Chemical Engineering
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • Bioengineering
  • National Heart & Lung Institute
  • Barts Cancer Institute
  • National Institute for Medical Research
  • Nestle
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Procter & Gamble
  • University College London
  • MRC Clinical Sciences Centre
  • Institute of Clinical Sciences
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