Biological sciences

Biological sciences

  • Human iPS-derived cerebral cortex neurons (146 days) infected by GFP-expressing lentivirus, Courtesy of Roberta Cagnetta
    Human cerebral cortex neurons infected by GFP-expressing lentivirus.

Human iPS-derived cerebral cortex neurons image courtesy of Roberta Cagnetta/The Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Cambridge is a world-leading centre of biological research, pioneering stem cell science and the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. Biological Science is the study of the biology of all living things and incorporates biochemistry, genetics, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, plant sciences, psychology, zoology and veterinary medicine. Our alumni include Charles Darwin, Francis Crick and James Watson, Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenbrough.

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Gift announcements

Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

Gift announcement
Multi-million pound legacy to create a new 'Ray and Dagmar Dolby Court' at Pembroke College
Gift announcement
The University of Cambridge is launching a new research centre, thanks to a £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, to explore the opportunities and challenges to humanity from the development of artificial intelligence. 

Impact of giving

Philanthropic giving is at the heart of the success of the Collegiate University, enabling us to make discoveries that change the world and to ensure that our students received an unrivalled education.

Wolfson Laser Lab
Philanthropic impact story
In 2016 the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology will bid farewell to central Cambridge and move into its new £60m purpose-built home on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus.
The new Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Addenbrooke's hospital
Philanthropic impact story
At any one time, more than 1000 clinical trials are being conducted across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the largest gathering of clinical, pharmaceutical and biomedical research specialists in Europe. These trials are a crucial step in the design of new medicines and medical devices – translating ideas that started in a research laboratory into new treatments for patients.