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The Babraham Institute works to deliver impact by translating our science and understanding of fundamental biology to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. Our blogs offer scientists, staff and guests the chance to share their individual views and experiences on the Institute's efforts to deliver research impacts and to build a welcoming and diverse community.

 

 

19/06/2022

Using the roving researcher scheme during paternity leave

After the success of our Roving Researcher scheme to support scientists on leave, we have opened the scheme up to other types of leave. In this blog, Aled shares his experience using the scheme for paternity leave.

16/06/2022

Why I work in animal research

One of our colleagues who works in our animal facility shares why they decided to work in the field.

01/06/2022

The splice of life

Most of the genes in our body can generate multiple distinctive messenger RNAs through a process called alternative splicing. We use a number of tools and techniques which are always improving, and have recently developed our own.

25/05/2022

Sustainable science: Tips from the Raff Lab

Guest blogger Saroj Saurya, a Lab Manager based at the University of Oxford, shares some insights into how we can do more sustainable scientific research.

18/05/2022

From Zimbabwe to Cambridge: my global scientific journey

One of our PhD students Tombi shares how her passion for science and helping others has taken her around the world and offered a range of exciting opportunities.

09/05/2022

Locked indoors? Design an escape room!

Epigenetics researcher Laura shares her experience of creating a science themed escape room.

20/04/2022

Learning to grow human skin in a petri dish

PhD student Tiffany recently spent six weeks on placement at the University of Edinburgh to learn a new technique and bring that expertise back to the Institute. In this blog, she shares more about how that opportunity came about and how this will support her research.

15/04/2022

Can we reverse ageing and make our cells young again?

An ageing population poses a major challenge to our society as this also increases the risk of many diseases such as heart disease, neurodegeneration, and cancer. If we could reverse ageing, that could have a huge impact on preventing age-related diseases and increasing our healthy lifespan. But is reversing ageing even possible? Here post-doc Diljeet Gill shares some of his latest work that is taking us one step closer to achieving this goal.

13/04/2022

Our Imaging Facility: 18 Years Old and Still Growing

Today marks World Microscope Day and we are celebrating by taking a look back at how our cutting-edge Imaging Facility has changed over the past 18 years.

06/04/2022

Students find out about life as a scientist

‘Meet a Bioscientist’ was the Public Engagement team’s flagship schools’ engagement event for 2022. For British Science Week, we spoke to over 900 young people across 15 schools and sixth forms about our research, careers in science, and what being a scientist is really like. Discover more about the event in this blog post.

30/03/2022

Women and the climate crisis

In this edition of our Green Labs blog series, we’re exploring the important intersection between gender and climate change. How and why are these key issues connected?

23/03/2022

Meet a Bioscientist: a student's perspective

For British Science Week 2022, researchers from 14 of our amazing research groups and facilities held conversations with school groups across Cambridgeshire and beyond so the students could explore more about the research here at the Institute and what being a scientist is like. Eleanor, a Year 12 student at Comberton Village College, shares her experience of meeting the bioscientists from the Hawkins lab.

18/03/2022

‘We need to talk’: how and why cells communicate and what happens when things go wrong

In this post, we are going to take you through the types of cell signalling, the importance of this communication and what can happen when things go wrong.

16/03/2022

Oxygen: powering the immune response

Oxygen is an essential element that we need for life. Yet, we still don't fully understand how important oxygen is in many of our cellular processes. In this blog, Dr Sarah Ross introduces us to her group's research to understand how oxygen can power up our immune system.

14/03/2022

When it comes to development, timing matters!

Teresa is one of our newest Group Leaders to join the Institute. In this post, she gives us an introduction into her research on timing during development and what is controlling our biological clocks.

10/03/2022

A day in the life of a postdoctoral researcher

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, one of our talented postdocs Katie shares more about what a typical day in the life looks like for her.

09/03/2022

A day in the life of a Flow Cytometry Specialist

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, our Flow Cytometry Specialist Sam shares more about what a typical day in the life looks like for him.

08/03/2022

Ten talking points to #BreakTheBias

Cheryl has "had the absolute pleasure of being a member of the Babraham Institute’s EDI programme equality4success since 2015, leading it for the last four years. As she comes to the end of her involvement to move to another organisation, it seems timely to reflect on the talking points from the last seven years as we try to #BreakTheBias."

07/03/2022

How I got into my career in animal welfare

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, a member of staff from our Biological Support Unit shares their path into a career in animal welfare.

02/03/2022

equality4success book reviews

Staff and students from the Babraham Institute share reviews on a new range of books about equality, diversity and STEM.

23/02/2022

My Babraham placement: the fuel for an exciting scientific career

Feri talks about her research placement in the Schoenfelder lab and how her experience fuelled a passion for science and significantly helped my career progression.

16/02/2022

How we engage communities with our research

Our Public Engagement Manger Mike describes the challenges of leading a Public Engagement programme during a pandemic, and also the exciting opportunities being taken to work with traditionally-underserved audiences