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Memories of Michael: a person and scientist to remember

Marking one year since the loss of Michael

Head of the Lipidomics facility Andrea Lopez-Clavijo reflects on Michael's influence


Professor Wolf Reik, FRS, FMedSci Appointed Director of the Babraham Institute

Leadership plans will build from a strong foundation

Professor Reik has held the Acting Director position since May 2020


Valerie O’Donnell appointed as Signalling programme honorary group leader

Appointment formalises Professor O’Donnell’s relationship with the Babraham Institute.

Professor Valerie O’Donnell, from Cardiff University will continue her close working relationship with the Bioinformatics and Lipidomics facilities through her role with LIPID MAPS and expand her collaborations across the Institute’s research programmes.


Opening up research

Applications open for undergraduate summer placements

The Babraham Institute is delighted to announce the launch of its Research Access Programme for 2021.

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Next Generation Sequencing technology has revolutionised post-genomics studies of gene expression, genetic regulation and nuclear dynamics. The Sequencing Facility provid

Biological Support Unit

Our state-of-the-art Biological Support Unit provides housing and care for pathogen-free rodents. It supports research across the Institute as well as providing services


The Lipidomics Facility undertakes the detection and identification of lipids, with a focus on providing biological meaning to these generated lipid profiles through bios

Biological Chemistry

To provide a research interface between chemistry and biology to solve biological questions. Key services Chemical synthesis (bio-active molecules, fluorescent or i

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.

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Gene Targeting

To deliver gene targeting capabilities including the production of transgenic mouse models. Key services Generation of mouse models; ranging from single nucleoti


Symmetry breaking and self-organization in intestinal organoids

Prof. Prisca Liberali

SNSF Professor and Research Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)


The biology of CNS progenitor ageing

Prof. Robin Franklin

Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell institute, University of Cambridge


Mass Spectrometry - from plasma proteins to mitochondrial membranes

Prof. Dame Carol Robinson

University of Oxford


Research Ecosystems, Cognitive Bias and Incentives

Prof. Marcus Munafò

MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol

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Genome-wide analysis of DNA replication and DNA double-strand breaks using TrAEL-seq.

Kara N, Krueger F, Rugg-Gunn P,

PLoS biology
19 3: 24 Mar 2021

PMID: 33760805

Follicular regulatory T cells produce neuritin to regulate B cells.

Gonzalez-Figueroa P, Roco JA, Papa I,

1 1: 11 Mar 2021

PMID: 33711260