Impact Team

The Impact Team works across different areas of partnership and interaction to maximise the impact of research from the Babraham Institute and ensure our discoveries have direct beneficial effects in our economy and society.

The team supports three main functionalities, Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation (KEC), Public Engagement (PE) and Science Communication (SC).

The Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team

The Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Team facilitates Institute impacts through collaboration with other Institutes, networking bodies and commercial organisations. Their main audiences include industry and policymakers.

The Institute's KEC strategy is currently under review - if you would like to work with the Institute on KEC activities please contact and we will respond to you as soon as possible.


Dr Jon Houseley

Head of Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation

Jon has led a research group at Babraham since 2009, specialising in ageing, gene expression and genetic adaptation. The mechanisms of genetic adaptation are critical for acquisition of drug resistance, which his group are pursuing through industrial collaborations with AstraZeneca and Artios Pharma.

His research career started in non-coding RNA biology, with a PhD at the University of Glasgow followed by a post doc at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology in Edinburgh, during which he became interested in connections between gene regulation and genetic change.

Jon is also a member of the Babraham Institute Science Policy and Equality for Success committees.


Heather Bath

Contracts Officer
Phone: 01223 496488

Heather is responsible for contractual matters for the Institute including negotiation of Confidential Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements and collaboration agreements.

Prior to joining the Institute Heather worked at the Medical Research Council (MRC) and was heavily involved in the University Unit Transfers. She also managed contracts for the MRC Uganda Unit and provided contract support to the MRC Gambia Unit.


Dr Emily Boyce

Knowledge Exchange Manager
Phone: 01223 496475

Emily supports the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team, which seeks to maximise the economic and social impacts arising from the Institute’s publicly-funded research through partnerships and collaborations with local, national and international stakeholders in the commercial bioscience, clinical, charitable and policy sectors.

Prior to joining the Institute in January 2018 Emily worked at Health Enterprise East as an Innovation Manager, working to commercialising inventions originating from staff in the NHS. Emily has life sciences research background, with a PhD in plant genetics from the University of Cambridge and Rothamsted Research.

Kate Dulwich

Dr Kate Dulwich

Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Officer

Kate supports interactions between Institute researchers and external organisations through conference and networking events. She also guides our technology transfer projects, coordinates internal funding schemes and manages the licensing portfolio.

Prior to joining the Institute in October 2020, Kate was awarded a PhD in virology from Imperial College London and the Pirbright Institute. She has an academic background specialising in virology and immune defences.

Danuta Mossakowska

Prof Danuta Mossakowska

Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence

Danuta is associated with the KEC team to support identification of translational opportunities from Institute research and their translation. Danuta is also Director of the Malopolska Centre for Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.



The Public Engagement Team

The Public Engagement Team facilitates Institute impacts by supporting open, honest engagement with members of the public.
Their main audiences include schools, families and community groups

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Dr Michael Norman

Public Engagement Manager (maternity cover)


Mike is the Public Engagement Officer working on the Institute’s adult and community engagement programmes. He coordinates and supports projects that enable two-way engagement between Institute research and public audiences. Mike’s work focuses on establishing strong links between the Institute and communities whilst embedding inclusive practices to enable greater access of our programmes for audiences traditionally underserved by engagement programmes.

Mike joined the institute in July 2020. Previously he worked in the public engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus leading on work to engage underserved audiences with education and community events. Mike began working in the public engagement sector after completing a PhD from the University of East Anglia. During his PhD he helped establish the Norwich branch of the British Science Association which has since become the Norfolk and Norwich Science Association - an independent volunteer organisation for promoting science communication in the region. Additionally, Mike is an annual guest lecturer on the University of East Anglia undergraduate science communication module for third year students.


Fergus Powell

Schools Public Engagement Officer

Fergus is the Public Engagement Officer with responsibility for schools engagement.  Working with school audiences is part of the Institute’s commitment to provide everyone with opportunities to learn about our research.  Our schools programme also aims to engage, enthuse and inspire the next generation of bioscience researchers.  Initiatives include the annual Schools' Day, work experience placements and online resources.  Find out more about our work with schools here.

Fergus joined the Institute in September 2020.  Previously, Fergus worked in outreach for Homerton College, where he encouraged and supported students from under-represented backgrounds to apply to university.  He has a scientific academic background, with an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a master’s in Science Communication from the University of Manchester.


Dr Tacita Croucher

Public Engagement Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Phone: 01223 496474

Tacita Croucher is the Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Manager, responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute’s Public Engagement strategy.

The PE strategy aims to embed engagement in research activities and support interactions between researchers and public groups. Working with a team of engagement professionals, Tacita facilitates events and activities including science festival exhibits, schools engagement, community workshops and tours as well as bespoke projects to cater for adult, student, teacher and family audiences.

Tacita joined the Institute in 2013, she holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, where she also led an award-winning branch of the British Science AssociationScience Brainwaves.  Tacita is also a member of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Committee, supporting arrangements for the most prestigious UK science exhibition. She is also an active member of the EU-LIFE Science Communication working group, with close working relationships across the 13 member Institutions. Additionally, Tacita chairs the Cambridge Public Engagement Biosciences Forum, a network of PE professional across the Cambridgeshire region.

The Science Communication Team

The Science Communication Team shares the latest news within and beyond the Institute, the goal is to raise the Institute's profile by engaging key figures and the media. Main audiences include press and the media.


Dr Louisa Wood

Head of Communications
Phone: 01223 496230
Mobile: 07833 481170

Louisa has over ten years' experience in communication and engagement and has worked at the Institute since 2014. Louisa is responsible for communicating research news, coordinating media engagement, responding to media enquiries and producing Institute publications. Louisa also manages the Institute’s internal communications and is a member of the Institute’s Equality4Success team.

Sophie is the Digital Communications Officer with responsibility for developing digital and online content to share the stories and news of the Institute. Sophie takes care of our social media campaigns and platforms, our Institute newsletters, maintaining our website, generating multi-media content and supporting our researchers to gain science communication skills.

Sophie joined the Institute in February 2021. Previously she worked in science communication at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences. Sophie started working in science communication after completing her PhD from the University of Southampton. During her PhD, Sophie was involved in many science communication and engagement initiatives, and also writes an award-winning science blog.

Honor joined the Babraham Institute in February 2021 as Communications Officer. She is responsible for writing news stories, securing press coverage for the Institute’s research, and helping to produce Institute publications. After graduating with a degree in Natural Science from the University of Cambridge, Honor spent two years working in the Alzheimer’s Research UK communications team.