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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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The lab is based in the Cambridge University Biochemistry Department, on the Downing Site (a cluster of mainly biological research departments) in the centre of Cambridge. We are a group of about 15 people, mostly postdocs and PhD students. Wendy Gibson, the laboratory manager, maintains the lab facilities. At certain times of year there are also undergraduate project students. Prior experience of working with plants or algae is not necessary for joining the group. At present our funding comes from a mixture of industry, charities, and research councils. We have had a number of summer students with bursaries from a range of organizations.

We have active collaborations with a number of labs worldwide as well as in the UK, including elsewhere in Europe, South Africa, China, Australia, and New Zealand. We have weekly lab meetings, at which members of the group present their work to the rest of us over coffee and cake (a substance that forms an important part of the lab social life). From time to time we go off on a "lab jolly". Recent jollies have included day trips to France, visits to the seaside, a nuclear power station, a brewery and a sewage works.

Contact us

Professor Chris Howe
Professor of Plant Biochemistry

Tel: +44 (0)1223 333688

Lab phone: +44 (0)1223 333687
Departmental fax: +44 (0)1223 333345

Department of Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Hopkins Building
Downing Site
Cambridge CB2 1QW
United Kingdom