Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

About Us

‚ÄčThe Babraham Institute is a world-class research institution, situated at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus, near Cambridge. Our mission is to be an international leader in research focusing on basic cell and molecular biology with an emphasis on healthy ageing through the human lifecycle.

Research at the Babraham Institute addresses fundamental biological questions of how cells and organisms develop and respond to the environment. 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 younger people.

‚ÄčTo 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. We utilise model systems: yeast, worms and mice as well as studying human cohorts.

The Institute's research is supported by strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council who fund our three core areas of research: epigenetics, lymphocyte signalling and signalling. The Institute receives additional funding from other bodies including the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the European Commission. Funding is also obtained through research collaborations with industry and medical charities.


Knowledge Exchange Forum
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The Institute aims to maximise the impact of its research through Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation - to translate research into action for social and economic benefit. 

Institute Life

Find out more about the infrastructure, the campus benefits and what life is really like on the Babraham Research Campus.

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Equality & Diversity

The Babraham Institute is committed to creating, maintaining and promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of its policies, procedures and activities, and to the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

Animal Research

Babraham Institute scientists study fundamental processes in our cells. This basic biology using animal research underpins future medical advances. This section highlights how vital this research is, regarding the treatments we receive today.

Board Room


Read more about the Governance, Funding and Management structure of the Institute.

Board of Trustees

The Babraham Institute’s Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the activities of the charity.

Babraham Research Campus

The Babraham Institute is located at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus. The Campus, which is considered to be the UK’s leading campus to support early-stage bioscience enterprise, is managed and developed Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd (BBT). The Campus' bioincubator concept offers bespoke, state-of-the-art research and development facilities, scientific support services or bioventures at any stage in the business development cycle and supports the full spectrum of science from R&D to commercial realisation.

The Babraham Institute is a majority shareholder of BBT along with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Babraham Institute Enterprise (BIE) is a subsidiary company of the Babraham Institute. BIE manages the charity’s trading activities.

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Key People

Michael Wakelam

Director of Institute

Geoffrey Butcher

Group Leader and CCG Holder

Simon Cook

Group Leader and Head of KEC

Danielle Hoyle

Science and Grants Officer

Simon Jones

Director of Finance and Operations

Andrea Last

Head of HR

Robert Pyke

Assistant Director of Operations & CIO

Wolf Reik

Head of Laboratory

Peter Rugg-Gunn

Group Leader

Cheryl Smythe

Int'l Funding Support Officer

Len Stephens

Head of Laboratory

Martin Turner

Head of Laboratory

Louisa Wood

Communications Manager

Hayley McCulloch

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Manager

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