Department of Biochemistry
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An internationally competitive research programme; themes include cell signalling and control of gene expression, to molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and biofuel research, cancer and cardiovascular biology
The Department of Biochemistry is a member of the School of Biological Sciences and is one of the largest departments in Cambridge - around 400 research and support staff - with an internationally competitive research programme. The Department’s research contributes to the themes that describe the research in the School. We have attracted many outstanding independent research fellows with funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, BBSRC and MRC, and several of our senior staff have been seconded to prestigious fellowships. The Department houses facilities funded by Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and MRC for modern biomolecular research, including an 800MHz NMR facility, modern X-ray laboratories, core facilities for mass spectrometry and plasmon resonance, advanced services for protein and nucleic acid sequencing. We have collaborated with the Department of Genetics in establishing the Systems Biology Centre, adjacent to the Sanger Building, which houses array technologies, proteomics and informatics, and we have established metabolomics elsewhere in the Department. We also participate in the new Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research. These new developments underpin research in a range of different biological processes from molecular enzymology, through cell signalling and control of gene expression, to molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and biofuel research, cancer and cardiovascular biology.
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Assembly of nuclear dimers of the PI3K regulatory subunits underpins the proliferative activity of Activated Cdc42-associated Kinase, ACK (2021-01-18)ACK is an oncogenic non-receptor tyrosine kinase associated with poor prognosis in human cancers. ACK promotes proliferation, in part, by contributing to the activation of Akt, the major PI3K effector. The work presented ...
(2021-08-31)Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen responsible for a significant proportion of hospital-acquired infections worldwide. P. aeruginosa infections are especially difficult to treat due to its numerous ...
Pluripotency, the ability of a cell to differentiate towards any type of somatic cell is a transient feature of the developing embryo. In vitro, pluripotency can be captured in the form of embryonic stem cells (ESCs). In ...
Isolation and Characterisation of Novel Environmental Bacteriophages Which Target the Escherichia coli LamB Outer Membrane Protein Bacteriophages are viruses which infect bacteria specifically. Over the past decades, phage λ has been extensively studied, especially its interaction with the Escherichia coli LamB (EcLamB) protein receptor. Nonetheless, ...