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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.

 

 

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 Manager 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

14/02/2022

Reflections on 'Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement' by Matthew Todd

Former postdoc, Dr Jenny Mitchell, shares some thoughts on the book 'Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement' by Matthew Todd for LGBTQ+ History Month.

09/02/2022

An electrifying journey: renewable PV energy, a greener heating system and an electric vehicle

In this week's blog, our colleague Felix shares more about his family's personal 'electrifying' journey to be more green.

02/02/2022

What is single-cell sequencing and why is it important?

Single cell sequencing is rapidly becoming an essential part of the biologists’ toolkit. Used by researchers at the Babraham Institute and worldwide to discover knowledge in a range of research fields, one of our Sequencing Specialists, Amelia, explains what sequencing is, why single cell sequencing is important and how it works.

26/01/2022

Building entrepreneurial skills during your PhD

Neesha, a PhD student in the Houseley lab, shares her experience of winning the prestigious Biotech YES competition and why she would recommend others explore gaining entrepreneurship knowledge and skills during their PhDs in the future.

19/01/2022

Roving Researcher FAQs

After our blog last year which shared the experiences of our Roving Researcher and a postdoc she was supporting, many people got in touch to ask us how the role worked, what were the benefits and downsides, and other details of the programme. Here Cheryl, who designed the role and line manages the Rover, answers some of the most frequently asked questions.

12/01/2022

Why circular careers in science are great

Career paths are often depicted as a straight line. Academic ones sometimes as a pyramid. Jo shares more about her career patchwork as she find herself back at the beginning of her career - geographically at least!

15/12/2021

A year in review: Institute highlights 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, here's a look back at 21 of our highlights from the past year. Thanks to everyone who's been involved and we look forward to an exciting 2022.

10/12/2021

My virtual internship with the Babraham Institute KEC team

In the final week of an internship with the KEC team, intern Catherine wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the last few months and my experience doing a virtual internship.

08/12/2021

‘Educating RITA’ – the Research Institute Technician Symposium 2021

The second Research Institute Technician Symposium was held on 5th November and our colleague Mike shares more about what happened.

01/12/2021

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide 2021

The holidays are upon us once again so Elizabeth is back with a whole new set of gift suggestions!

17/11/2021

CSaP Professional Development Policy Workshops 2021

As part of her internship with the KEC team, Catherine went to two Professional Development Policy workshops. In this blog, she tells us more about that experience.