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See Inside the Institute

On the 21st May, 16 members of the public, selected from over 140 entries, were invited to see inside the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

Guests were met by the Institute Director, Professor Austin Smith, who gave an overview of current progress in stem cell research. 

Escorted by a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher, groups of guests visited five specialised areas of the Institute. They followed the development of a theoretical research question "How are cell fate choices made in the developing embryo?".




Andy Riddell, our flow cytometry expert, shows visitors how this complex technology allows us to isolate specific cell populations.




Research Associate, Tuzer Kalkan, answers some tricky questions!




A guest tries her hand at passaging a cell line in the Tissue Culture facility.


"The staff were excellent at explaining their work and their enthusiasm was very obvious."

"I gained an insight into just how complex stem cell research is and that stem cell therapy is not as simple as what journalists and the media would have us believe."


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Two Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Group Leaders are among the 63 scientists from around the world elected this year as Members and Associate Members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Institute PIs awarded university promotions

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Many congratulations to our institute and affiliate PIs who have been awarded promotions through the University’s Academic Promotions process recognising their outstanding work.

Potentially cancerous cells kept in check by competitive neighbours, study of oesophagus finds

May 18, 2020

The expansion of ‘mutant’ cells that could lead to cancer is often kept in check by their neighbours, research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge and their collaborators has found. The team discovered that when equally-matched cells in the oesophagus of mice coincided, they acted as a brake on one another’s growth.

Professor Ludovic Vallier elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

May 13, 2020

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 50 of the UK’s most prominent biomedical and health scientists to their Fellowship.

Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 virus entry points

Apr 23, 2020

Two specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19 coronavirus. Scientists discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells.

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The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research.

Our mission: to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology.


The Institute is funded by Wellcome and the Medical Research Council.



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