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 Lymphocyte Signalling, 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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In tribute: Sir Michael Berridge FRS

Sir Michael Berridge 1938 – 2020

Eminent physiologist and biochemist, valued friend and colleague


Charting immune system development in sub-Saharan African children

How age, location and anaemia affect immune composition

Research aims to boost vaccination efficacy in the populations where it matters most


New group leader joins the Epigenetics research programme

Institute welcomes Dr Maria Christophorou

Research focuses on control of epigenetic regulators


EU grant success to harness the immune system to treat brain damage

Research identifies potential treatment for brain injury and inflammation

Funding awarded to Prof Adrian Liston will be used to advance the approach ready for clinical trials

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Biological Support Unit

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


We have established methods to analyse neutral lipids, phospholipids and sphingolipids using a Shimadzu IT-TOF mass spectrometer coupled to a Prominence HPLC system

Biological Chemistry

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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 Mass Spectrometry Facility is housed in a purpose-built laboratory in a new building in the centre of the campus

Gene Targeting

Providing a complete service to generate genetically altered mouse strains for Babraham Institute research groups and external companies


DNA-embedded ribonucleotides: from mechanistic insights to therapeutic opportunities

Dr Olga Murina

MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine


Adult hippocampal neurogenesis in health and disease

Dr Pascal Bielefeld

Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences


Schools' Day - 26th February 2020

Hands-on science for students and teachers

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Immune system development varies according to age, location, and anemia in African children.

Hill DL, Carr EJ, Rutishauser T,

Science translational medicine
12 529: 05 Feb 2020

DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaw9522

PMID: 32024802

Dynamic Post-Transcriptional Events Governing CD8 T Cell Homeostasis and Effector Function.

Salerno F, Turner M, Wolkers MC,

Trends in immunology
1 1: 29 Jan 2020

DOI: 10.1016/

PMID: 32007423