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Research overview

Within the Department of Biochemistry over 50 research groups led by investigators of international standing collaborate with colleagues around the world to answer fundamental questions on how cells and their constituent molecules work in life and relate to disease.

The focus of our scientific investigation can broadly be broken down into nine research themes: Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Disease Biology, DNA & Chromatin Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Plant Biochemistry & Bioenergy, RNA Biology, Signalling & Trafficking, Stem Cell Biology, and Systems Biology. These themes are not mutually exclusive, however, with many of our Research Group Leaders conducting research spanning multiple areas.

Reflecting the cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of our work, our Group Leaders additionally support the University of Cambridge's Strategic Research Initiatives; including The Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, Cardiovascular Disease, Global Challenges, Immunology, and Metabolism.