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Wellcome Trust – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Brief Overview

The University of Cambridge is a research and teaching-intensive University and is frequently ranked among the top 5 in international ratings such as ARWU and Shanghai ranking. The Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading stem cell research institute with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology. It contains 28 research groups and over 300 scientists and is localized in Cambridge University’s Biomedical Research Campus. The aim of the Institute is to bring together independent research groups to promote interaction and collaboration by sharing ideas, equipment and expertise.

Research Areas

Cell biology\Epithelial cell\Fibrosis\Immunology\Interstitial lung disease

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships – in line with current status

Research infrastructure/facilities

The Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is fully integrated into the University of Cambridge and also benefits from core funding for research facilities from the Wellcome Trust and MRC. These core facilities include core microscope facilities equipped with all the standard confocal and systems for live-imaging, high content microscopy, multiphoton imaging and super-resolution microscopy. A sequencing facility assists with next generation library production and is equipped with the latest Illumina sequencing platform. Flow cytometry is available in-house and the Institute shares an SPF-free mouse facility containing >3000 IVCs and state-of-the-art procedure facilities in addition to local university.

Research funding/Resources

The University of Cambridge built a dedicated Biomedical rRsearch Campus where the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute  re-located in 2019. Respiratory scientists across the campus work closely together and benefit from numerous local collaborations and resources. The Royal Papworth Hospital Tissue Bank is housed within the world-best lung transplantation center of Royal Papworth Hospital and works closely with specialist pathologist and scientists to provide high quality human biological materials and processing. In addition, respiratory research groups are successfully funded by various funders including the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, CRUK, British Lung Foundation, and Dunhill Medical Trust.

Links to non-academic sector

Cambridge sits at the heart of the largest concentration of biotechnology parks and incubators in Europe. There are frequent structured and informal networking opportunities with all types of biotechnology industry available locally and the possibility of industrial secondments. There are dedicated expertise for collaboration with the non-academic sector including Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University, the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Science, which aims to facilitate the development of new therapeutics, and the Milner Therapeutics Institute, which connects academics and pharma and promotes collaborative projects.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

The Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and the University of Cambridge have a constant stream of Visiting Researchers and Students from all over the world, who come to learn techniques and share knowledge and skills. All our researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and expert support in the areas of microscopy, animal facilities, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and flow cytometry. Our Institute has our own career development training programmes which include regular opportunities for oral/poster presentations and chalk talks with structured feedback; core techniques courses and career pathway seminars. The University of Cambridge has a highly active Office of Post Doctoral Affairs, a Post Doctoral Society and dedicated science Post Doctoral team within the careers office. This University structure provides a range of formal and informal training courses, careers guidance networking and mentorship/leadership programmes.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award

Yes