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Department of Biochemistry


Would you like to have a real impact on future discoveries with potential to benefit all?

At the Department of Biochemistry we do, and we want you to be part of this.

The Department of Biochemistry research and teaching are world class as acknowledged in the QS University rankings and the ARWU world universities ranking. Within the Department, over 30 research groups led by investigators of international standing work with colleagues around the world to answer some of the biggest questions in biological sciences with the potential for truly disruptive change. Our research has a global impact, as it is demonstrated by the presence of one-third of our principal investigators in the prestigious list of the top 2% most widely cited scientists.

An integral part of the Department mission is to educate the next generation of world class scientists. To this end there are over 20 PhD students graduating from the department each year and over 80 postdoctoral researchers go on to make an impact in both academic and commercial world. The quality of this education is evidenced by the 7 alumni who have been awarded Nobel prizes.


But we want to do better!


With your help we can do this more effectively. Philanthropic donations provide the flexibility to invest in cutting-edge research and technologies and to support the recruitment of the brightest minds.


Here are some of our fundraising priorities:

  • With £1,000-1,500 you can support a PhD student to attend an international conference;
  • With £3,000 you can provide an opportunity for an undergraduate to spend the summer in a lab in the department;
  • With £5,000 upwards you can contribute towards the purchase for cutting-age equipment;
  • With £10,000 upwards you can enable the recruitment of the brightest mind by contributing towards a start-up package;
  • You can sponsor a master student (£22,000 for home students and refugees; £48,000 for overseas students);
  • You can sponsor a PhD student (£120,000 for home students and refugees; £200,000 for overseas students);
  • With £27,000 you can enable a non-UK postgraduate student to study in Cambridge by sponsoring the additional tuition fees;
  • 1924–2024 Biochemistry centenary travel fund: in 2024 we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our department. We are launching our Centenary Campaign to ensure support for our young researchers. Find out more about our centenary travel fund.


We value each and every contribution, no matter the amount. You can decide how your money is used.
If you prefer to discuss how you might contribute to the Department of Biochemistry, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Alumni Relations, Department of Biochemistry,


All sponsors will be invited to the Department to meet the Faculty and have the opportunity to see how their donation has been used.




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Contact details

Research Facilitator  Alumni Relations