Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences



ICaMB was founded in 2004 based on a fusion of the leading researchers from the previous departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Physiology.

We lie within one of the UK’s foremost medical schools. Many of our research groups have strong links with clinicians, or do clinically relevant research. 

We differ from other institutes in the Medical School in being focused much more on basic science. The broader Institute remit is therefore to undertake basic research underpinning medicine

Previous directors

Professor Monica Hughes was the founding director of the Institute. Overseeing the fusion of the best researchers from histrorical departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Physiology.

Professor Jeff Errington FRS was recruited to Newcastle as Director in 2006, a post he held until 2011. During his tenure, Jeff oversaw the establishment of the Baddiley-Clark building.  Opened in 2010, by Sir Paul Nurse this building houses the internationally renowned Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology

Current director

The Institute is now run by Professor Bob Lightowlers. We focus on fundamental research to increase our knowledge of the molecules and the processes that govern cellular homeostasis and pathogenesis.