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 three programmes: Epigenetics, Signalling, and Immunology, supported by strategic programme grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and additional funding from research councils, the EU and charities.

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Wolf Reik to head Altos Institute of Science in Cambridge

Altos institutes will focus on cellular rejuvenation

Professor Reik’s Institute career spans 34 years


Dr Sophie Trefely joins the Institute as new group leader

First cross-discipline group leader welcomed

Dr Trefely appointed to both Epigenetics and Signalling research programmes


A worm wide web: scientists create network of age-related genes

Networks reveal key genes

Findings can be compared with human genes to identify targets for further studies


Dr Philipp Voigt joins Epigenetics research programme

Dr Voigt welcomed to the Institute

Dr Voigt is the second of a new cohort of group leaders joining the Institute

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Biological Support Unit
Biological Chemistry
Flow Cytometry
Mass Spectrometry
Gene Targeting

Providing biological computing services for the research groups at the institute and for external users.


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


We offer sequencing and library preparation services that are tailored to suit research needs. Our Facility is also open for external users on a fee-for-service basis.

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.

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.

Mass Spectrometry

The primary role of the Facility is to apply state of the art techniques in mass spectrometry to address important biological questions, within the remit of the Institute

Gene Targeting

To deliver gene targeting capabilities including the production of transgenic mouse models. The gene targeting facility aims to enable Babraham Institute scientists to


RNA cap regulation in cell function and fate decisions

Prof. Vicky Cowling

School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee


Telling membranes where to go - the macroautophagy machinery in phagocytosis and viral envelope acquisition

Prof. Christian Münz

Viral Immunobiology, University of Zürich, Switzerland


Constructing 4D molecular roadmaps of cell fate decisions

Dr Effie Apostolou

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

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IKKα plays a major role in canonical NF-kB signalling in colorectal cells.

Prescott JA, Balmanno K, Mitchell JP,

The Biochemical journal
1 1: 14 Jan 2022

PMID: 35029639

Identifying temporal and spatial patterns of variation from multimodal data using MEFISTO.

Velten B, Braunger JM, Argelaguet R,

Nature methods
1 1: 13 Jan 2022

PMID: 35027765

Stimulation of adaptive gene amplification by origin firing under replication fork constraint.

Whale AJ, King M, Hull RM,

Nucleic acids research
1 1: 08 Jan 2022

PMID: 35018465