Stories from the people that make Cambridge University unique.

The neurobiologist who grew ‘mini-brain’ tissues in a dish

20 September 2021

When Madeline Lancaster’s attempt to grow neural stem cells ‘failed’ she had no idea that the floating balls of cells she saw in her petri dish were in fact miniature brain tissues. They would revolutionise our ability to study the early stages of brain development and take us closer to answering: what makes us human?

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The scientist watching light at a millionth of a millionth of a second

10 Feb 2021

When she’s not making atomic-scale changes to create super-efficient light bulbs and cut carbon emissions, Professor Rachel Oliver has her sights set...

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The course director forging a new pathway to higher education

18 Jan 2021

Dr Alex Pryce is the Course Director for the University’s new Foundation Year, which offers a pathway to higher education for disadvantaged students...

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The volunteers who went virtual but still delivered Christmas

16 Dec 2020

When Vanessa Chuang and Olivia Taylor became student volunteers, they had no idea they’d need to re-invent their activities as a virtual programme...

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The conservationist, the herders and the fashionistas

02 Dec 2020

Respect for the Mongolian landscape is engrained within her, says Onon Bayasgalan. Her work is helping herders in her home country to preserve...

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The grateful gardener who brought Apocalypse Now to a flowerbed

23 Nov 2020

He builds human-sized nests from twigs, spins circles in the garden and torches wicker men at Harvest Moon. The music-loving college gardener Peter...

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The student linguist who started a pro-refugee fashion revolution

09 Nov 2020

Tiara Sahar Ataii has just been named Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action. She shares how her love of languages and exploration of...

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The scientist reducing the rise of superbugs by talking to farmers

06 Nov 2020

Chioma Achi is worried about the global misuse of antibiotics in agricultural practices. Her work helping farmers in Nigeria to reduce infection in...

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The lawyer working towards equality and dignity for all

27 Oct 2020

Gates Cambridge Scholar Rumbidzai Dube has long held a passion for international relations and humanitarian issues. After working for ten years as a...

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The scientist who launched a comic and flew the flag for Black History Month

23 Oct 2020

Self-confessed comic addict Osarenkhoe Ogbeide sees beyond the superhero to the scientist. When he’s not developing printable gas sensors, he’s...

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The student entrepreneur who interviewed Stormzy about race and privilege

20 Oct 2020

Recent graduate and former president of the African and Caribbean Society, Toni Fola-Alade, talks about advocacy, start-ups and fundraising for...

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The colleagues who’ve scored almost a century in continuous service to the University

06 Oct 2020

As they (literally) hand over the keys to their much-loved Vet School, Betty and Paul tell us about the poorly elephant who brought two friends and...

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The chemist who fuses fashion with science

21 Aug 2020

Areeb Mahtey is studying for a PhD in epigenetics, but outside the lab he is a member of the University of Cambridge’s Fashion and Luxury Brands...

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