Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

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Our Research

At the Babraham Institute we carry out world-leading innovative research into the molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular processes and functions. A particular focus is how we age and studying the underlying mechanisms controlling this process, for example how older people respond differently to infection compared to the young. To answer these questions we examine the regulation of gene expression, the control of cell function by signalling processes and changes in organ systems including the nervous system. Read more about our Research into the Ageing process.

Two themes are central to our research remit: cell signalling – how cells respond to cues from their external environment; and epigenetics – how the genome is regulated without change to the DNA sequence of genes. Defining how cell signalling events from conception through to adulthood can lead to long-term, epigenetic changes is a great challenge in 21st century biology. Our research under these themes is carried out in the context of important processes in early development and of key functions of the body, particularly in the immune and nervous systems. Much of the work employs genetic models in rodents which can reveal both underlying molecular mechanisms at the cellular level and their overall impact in terms of dysfunction and disease.

​You can find summary information pages on the research programmes of each of our Institute Strategic Programmes (ISPs) or more detailed information on the pages of individual research Group Leaders. Our ISPs bring together Group Leaders who share complementary approaches to address a common set of biological questions.

Epigenetics

Epigenetics

The study of modifications to DNA that promote changes in gene expression without altering the DNA sequence

Lymphocyte Signalling

Lymphocyte Signalling

The study of the processes that regulate the development, survival and function of white blood cells

Nuclear Dynamics

Nuclear Dynamics

The study of control of genome function in relation to health, immunity and ageing

Signalling

Signalling

The study of the proteins that control communication within and between cells


Much of our research involves collaborations with the University of Cambridge, with other research institutions in the Cambridge region and with universities and organisations worldwide, and all our PhD students are affiliated to Cambridge Colleges.

Where the knowledge generated from the Institute’s research has potential for application, our scientists work with clinicians or with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to translate the research for social and economic benefit. This process is managed by Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd (BIE), the Institute’s wholly-owned trading subsidiary.

The Institute forms the cornerstone of the developing Babraham Research Campus, home to some 50 start-up and growing bioscience companies, which is managed by Babraham Bioscience Technologies.

Group Leaders

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