Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Cambridge Science Festival - Molecular Explorers

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Alex Whale, Laura Woods, Juliette Pearce, Ruslan Strogantsev, Amy MacQueen, Claudia Stellato, Celia Alda, Chiara Pantarelli, Clotilde Hennequin, Dorottya Horkai, Elpida Tsonou, Letizia, Grazia Pizza, Monica Della Rosa, Fatima Santos, Richard Odle, Joana Guedes, Rachel Fellows, Ronak Shah, Laetitia Chauve, Marisa Stebegg and Rafeah Alam were part of the Molecular Explorers exhibit at the Cambridge Guild Hall on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017. The event featured sessions for adults only and for adults and children who have an autism spectrum condition.

The event description in the Cambridge Science Festival programme was:

What happens to cells in your body as you get older? How does the packaging of DNA in your cells determine your physiology? What are epigenetic markers? Can they help us predict our life and health-span? What happens to our immune system as we age? Can we reverse the effects of ageing? These are some of the many questions that researcher’s at the Babraham Institute are trying to answer.

They carry out world-leading innovative research into the molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular processes and functions, focussing their research in the fields of: immunology - the study of the immune system; nuclear dynamics - how our DNA is packaged in our cells; epigenetics - the study of modifications to our DNA and signalling – how messages are passed within and between cells.

Babraham Institute scientists are particularly interested in the changes that occur as we age and study the underlying mechanisms controlling the ageing process, for example how an older population responds differently to infection compared to the young.

Become a Babraham Institute Molecular Explorer in our pop-up lab and work with our researchers to see if you can solve a real-life research question to understand more about how your body works and adapts as you get older. Have a go at some innovative and state-of-the-art technologies including; microscopy and imaging, cell sorting with flow cytometry; and study gene expression and regulation with next-generation sequencing technologies.

Photographs by Michael Hinton and Graham CopeKoga © Babraham Institute 2017