Centre of the Cell


About Centre of the Cell

Centre of the Cell is a science education centre based at the Whitechapel campus, Queen Mary University of London. Many of our students and junior scientists are science ambassadors, working to communicate science to children and enthusing them to become the biomedical researchers of the future.


It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories; inside a distinctive orange Pod suspended above the laboratories in the Blizard Institute in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Visitors are able to see research scientists at work as they enter the centre and, once inside, can learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research.

Visit the Centre of the Cell website for more information.

What does Centre of the Cell offer?

Centre of the Cell is open Monday – Friday and provides a range of services including:

  • Interactive sessions for schools during term time, suitable for Year 5 to Year 13 pupils.
  • Interactive sessions for families during the school holidays.
  • Fun-filled educational science theatre shows and workshops that can be delivered in your school or organisation.
  • Free online educational activities, games, fun facts and teacher resources.


See the Centre of the Cell website for more information.


Professor Frances Balkwill, Director

Professor of Cancer Biology and Centre Lead of our Centre for Cancer and Inflammation, she has authored 13 books for children on cell and molecular biology, which have been translated into twelve different languages. Fran is also involved in a project to communicate the science of HIV/AIDS to the children of South Africa. In 2004 she won the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organisation's Award for Communication in Life Sciences and in 2005 she was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize.

Katie Chambers, Head of Learning

Please contact Katie for enquiries about our Learning Programme, to book an outreach visit, and to organise teacher pre-visits to the Centre.
Tel: 020 7882 2565
E-mail: k.chambers@qmul.ac.uk

Visit the Centre of the Cell website to find out more about the team.

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