Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology is one of the largest Departments in the School of Biological Sciences, and a leading research institution with a yearly research income of £9M. The Department's research seeks to understand - and so ultimately arrest and reverse - disease processes of medical and social significance. The work of the Department is organised into five Divisions: Cell and Molecular Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Virology and Molecular Histopathology, split between the University site and Addenbrooke's Hospital, as well as undertaking cross-disciplinary research with colleagues at Research Institutes including the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the Hutchison-MRC Institute for Cancer Research.

The Department also has a major yearly commitment in the teaching and training to over 800 undergraduate students of medicine and of veterinary and natural science. In its research laboratories it provides training for over 70 graduate students. Members of the Department also contribute, together with colleagues in the National Health Service and Health Protection Agency, to provision of diagnostic services within Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Anglia Region.

Latest talks ...
Tue 22 Apr
Engaging mechanisms of negative B cell selection to overcome drug-resistance in leukaemia
Prof. Markus Müschen, UCSF
Wed 23 Apr
Pattern Recognition Receptors and Infection: Following the Speck
Professor Clare Bryant, Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Thu 24 Apr
Capturing the spread and evolution of influenza A
Dr Julia Gog, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK
Thu 24 Apr
Parasitic nematode microRNAs- finding a function
Eileen Devaney, Glasgow University
News and Events
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Vassilis Koronakis elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Vassilis Koronakis, Professor of Molecular Biology and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator in the Department, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy ‘recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences’. More

Published in Nature - Building nano-machines in biological outer space

Scientists in the Department’s Microbiology Unit have solved a long-standing mystery confounding both biologists and physicists - how are long flagella ‘propellers’ built far outside the biological cell where there is no conventional energy source ?

In the journal Nature Dr Lewis Evans et al publish their Wellcome Trust-funded research, led by Dr Gillian Fraser and Professor Colin Hughes, which uncovers a simple and elegant ‘chain mechanism’ harnessing the entropic force generated by the unfolded subunits themselves. More

Evans LDB, Poulter S, Terentjev EM, Hughes C & Fraser GM (2013) A chain mechanism for flagellum growth. Nature DOI 10.1038/nature1268.

Pathology News: The new 2013 edition of the online newsletter for staff, alumni and friends of the Department.