Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

The Babraham Institute undertakes world-leading research into understanding the biology of how our bodies work, including what changes as we age and during disease. Our research is split into four programmes: Epigenetics, Signalling, Lymphocyte Signalling and Nuclear Dynamics, supported by strategic programme grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and additional funding from research councils, the EU and charities.

We maximise the impact of our research through Knowledge Exchange, Commercialisation and Public Engagement activities. We do this by collaborating with other academics, policy makers, charities, schools, the general public and industry, including companies on the Babraham Research Campus. Commercialisation is achieved in collaboration with the Institute’s wholly-owned trading arm, Babraham Institute Enterprise Limited.


A hair-trigger for cells fighting infection

The Turner lab reveal how immune cells get creative with their genes, without causing lasting harm

The protein Tia1 stops cells in the immune system from going…


Older wombs linked to complications in pregnant mice

The Hemberger Lab examine placenta formation in ageing mice

Increased risk of pregnancy complications for older mothers…


Over 6,700 computational models of cancer now available online

The models are shared on the BioModels platform managed by the Le Novère lab and EMBL-EBI

Patient-derived models using data from real cancer patients…

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Flow Cytometry
Gene Targeting
Biological Support Unit
Mass Spectrometry
Biological Chemistry

The Imaging Facility provides supported access to advanced fluorescence imaging technologies and image analysis solutions.

Flow Cytometry
The Babraham Institute Flow Cytometry Core Facility offers high quality service and state-of-the-art instrumentation to members of Babraham Institute and external users.
The Facility plays a crucial role in all the Institute’s research programmes and is also available to external users on a fee-for-service basis
We have established methods to analyse neutral lipids, phospholipids and sphingolipids using a Shimadzu IT-TOF mass spectrometer coupled to a Prominence HPLC system
Gene Targeting
Providing a complete service to generate genetically altered mouse strains for Babraham Institute research groups and external companies
Biological Support Unit
Our state-of-the-art Biological Support Unit provides housing and care for pathogen-free rodents used in the academic research programmes and by private companies
Mass Spectrometry
The Mass Spectrometry Facility is housed in a purpose-built laboratory in a new building in the centre of the campus
Biological Chemistry
Biological chemistry is the interface between chemistry and biology, requiring both synthetic organic chemistry skills and a knowledge of biochemistry
The bioinformatics group provides an interface between the computational infrastructure of the insitute and the biology performed within the research groups


In vivo and in vitro imaging of leukocyte responses during inflammation

Dr Aleksandar Ivetic; Kings College London


miR-221 promotes precursor B-cell retention in bone marrow by amplifying the Pi3K-signaling pathway

Dr Georg Petkau; German Rheumatism Research Centre, Berlin


Live cell biochemistry by light

MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge

Dr Alessandro Esposito


Making your Mark: Exploring Epigenetics at Big Biology Day

Making your Mark: Exploring Epigenetics at Big Biology Day


STEM Insight Week teacher placements

Apply by 15th September

For teachers who want to get back to the bench!


Bioscience lite - CRISPR genome editing – technology, applications and implications

CRISPR genome editing

CRISPR genome editing – technology, applications and implications.


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Tia1 dependent regulation of mRNA subcellular location and translation controls p53 expression in B cells.

Díaz-Muñoz MD, Kiselev VY, Novère NL

Nature communications
8 2041-1723:530 (2017)

PMID: 28904350

RNA-binding protein ZFP36L1 maintains posttranscriptional regulation of bile acid metabolism.

Tarling EJ, Clifford BL, Cheng J

The Journal of clinical investigation
1558-8238: (2017)

PMID: 28891815

Significance of stroma in biology of oral squamous cell carcinoma.

Vucicevic Boras V, Fucic A, Virag M

2038-2529:0 (2017)

PMID: 28885677

Decidualisation and placentation defects are a major cause of age-related reproductive decline.

Woods L, Perez-Garcia V, Kieckbusch J

Nature communications
8 2041-1723:352 (2017)

PMID: 28874785