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The Department's buildings are currently open for wet laboratory work only. We have carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and have introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff, including reduced building occupancy, strict social distancing, 'family'-based working, and increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. All staff who can work remotely will do so for the foreseeable future. Please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Biochemistry



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Cambridge-based volunteers for the 2020 COVID-19 crisis


A Cambridge-wide information gathering exercise is being undertaken (supported by a growing number of Cambridge departments, institutes, companies, organisations etc.) to identify staff with skills that might be of use in COVID-19 research and/or diagnostic testing. The information gathered will be shared with the relevant authorities to enable Cambridge-based research staff to support the response if/when the needs occur.

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Supported by

  • Julie Ahringer (Director, The Gurdon Institute)
  • Patrick Chinnery (Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
  • Gerard Evan (Head of the Department of Biochemistry)
  • Anne Ferguson-Smith (Head of the Department of Genetics)
  • Richard Gilbertson (Director, CRUK Cambridge Centre)
  • Tony Green (Director, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute)
  • Greg Hannon (Director, CRUK Cambridge Institute)
  • Jan Löwe (Director, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology)
  • Patrick Maxwell (Head of the School of Clinical Medicine)
  • Julian Rayner (Director, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research)
  • Alison Smith (Head of the Department of Plant Sciences)
  • Geoffrey Smith (Head of the Department of Pathology)
  • James Wood (Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine)