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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The Contribution of APP gene dosage to the molecular phenotypes of Alzheimer's disease in human trisomy 21 neurons (2019-07-19)Down syndrome is a condition caused by trisomy 21 and occurs in 1 out of 700 births. People with trisomy 21 are high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that causes approximately 65% of ...
(2019-10-19)The integrity of our genome is constantly threatened by endogenous and exogenous sources of DNA damage. The successful repair of DNA lesions is necessary for cellular survival and prevention of disease such as cancer. ...
(2019-07-05)In recent years researchers have begun to reveal the hierarchy of mammalian DNA folding from the 10 nm fibre to the intact whole genome. One of the key approaches used is the single-cell Hi-C. My lab and I developed a ...
(2019-07-03)Plant biomass is the biggest source of carbon-based materials for several industries such as food, agriculture, textile, construction, and biofuels, among others. Cellulose and xylan are the two major components of plant ...