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Our research

International and interdisciplinary

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in a joint submission with UCL, the department's research was rated 11th in the UK based on GPA (Grade Point Average) and 4* papers (4* indicates world-leading quality). Their joint submission with UCL is 3rd nationally for research power (GPA multiplied by the joint FTE), just behind Cambridge and Oxford - an excellent outcome for a medium-sized department.
Much of this research takes place in the context of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), a joint institute between Birkbeck and UCL, which provides a vibrant environment for interdisciplinary research.

In 2013 academic staff in the department were awarded £10.6 million in research grant funding.

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EB Proteins image


Graphic shows Cryo-EM reconstruction of the nucleotide-sensitive EB (End Binding) microtubule binding site (Maurer et al, 2012). The EB calponin homology domain is depicted in rainbow colouring while the tubulin that forms its binding site is shown in blue and cyan. [Image credit: Carolyn Moores]