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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


The Department has conducted a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff. In order to accommodate these new measures, our facilities will be operating revised services for the foreseeable future. Details of current arrangements and available services can be found here.


In the alcohol industry, fermentation is traditionally used to make beer or wine. Fermentation as a research tool, however, is employed to grow large amounts of biomass, to express high-value and high-yield products including metabolites, chemicals and proteins, to establish reproducible cell cultures (chemostats and turbidostats), and to optimise strains for a specific trait. Microorganisms, such as yeasts and bacteria, and insect and mammalian cell lines can all be grown in fermenters under well-controlled conditions. These cultures allow scientists to investigate questions spanning the full breadth of biological research, ranging from studies of gene function to explorations of systems adaptations.

The Fermentation Facility provides considerable expertise to worldwide researchers in industrial and academic environments in customised fermentations, medium formulation, parameter optimisation, and scale-up services. The Facility offers small-scale (100mL-1L) and medium-sized (3L-20L) fermentation, biomass harvesting, and product shipment.

Contact Details

Facility Manager: 

+44 (0)1223 760292

Booking Enquiries: 

+44 (0)1223 766112


Room 0.01
Department of Biochemistry
Sanger Building
Old Addenbrooke's Site
Tennis Court Road

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 08:30-17:00

Friday: 08:30-16:00