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Department of Biochemistry

 
Cell-specific polysaccharides in the cell walls of an Arabidopsis vascular bundle.

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 many of the University of Cambridge's Strategic Research Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Research Centres.

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Cell-specific polysaccharides in the cell walls of an Arabidopsis vascular bundle.

Credit: Jenny Mortimer, Dupree Group.