Laboratory of Molecular Biology

research institute in Cambridge, England

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a research institute in Cambridge, England. It was involved in the revolution in molecular biology which occurred in the 1950–60s. It is a major medical research laboratory with a broad focus.[1]

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cmglee Cambridge LMB train.jpg
The new building of the LMB viewed from the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway bridge in June 2013
Coordinates52°10′35″N 0°08′35″E / 52.1763°N 0.1430°E / 52.1763; 0.1430Coordinates: 52°10′35″N 0°08′35″E / 52.1763°N 0.1430°E / 52.1763; 0.1430
Jan Löwe
Parent organization
Medical Research Council

A new £212m replacement building constructed close by to the original site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus was opened in May 2013.[2] The road outside the new building is named Francis Crick Avenue after the 1962 joint Nobel Prize winner, who co-discovered the helical structure of DNA in 1953.[3]

Scientific staff of the LMB who have been awarded Nobel prizes are: [4][5][6]

Visitors who received a Nobel prize for work done, or started at the LMB and alumni include:


  1. Raper, V. (2011). "A Nobel Prize-Winning Culture". Science. doi:10.1126/science.caredit.a1100063.
  2. "Her Majesty the Queen opens the new MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology". Cambridge University. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  3. Rich, Alexander; Stevens, Charles F. (2004). "Obituary: Francis Crick (1916–2004)". Nature. 430 (7002): 845–7. Bibcode:2004Natur.430..845R. doi:10.1038/430845a. PMID 15318208. S2CID 686071.
  4. John Finch; 'A Nobel Fellow On Every Floor', Medical Research Council 2008, 381 pp, ISBN 978-1-84046-940-0; this book is all about the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.
  5. LMB Archives
  6. The Nobel Laureates of the LMB