The Cambridge University Biological Society (BioSoc) is a science society dedicated to bringing the finest speakers to Cambridge. We organise regular talks, events as well as our very popular end of year joint garden party. All our talks are free for members and £3 for non-members. Life membership can be purchased for £10 at any BioSoc event.


A list of our upcoming talks can be seen below

Nuclear receptors and atherosclerosis - 15th October 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Ines Pineda Torra, UCL
  • Time : 6:15 pm

  • Join us for BioSoc's first talk of the term! Dr Ines Pineda Torra will be looking at the role of nuclear liver receptors in atherosclerosis and the lessons learnt from mice and humans. Certain nuclear liver receptors act as metabolic sensors for cellular cholesterol and for this reason these receptors are considered promising drug development targets for atherosclerosis. Dr Ines Pineda Torra and her team generate unique experimental models to help develop improved ligands of the nuclear liver receptors for the treatment of atherosclerosis and other vascular and inflammatory diseases. Entry is £3 for non-members and free for members!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

The fight against malaria using proteasomes - 17th October 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Paula da Fonseca, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • BioSoc warmly invites you to a talk by Dr Paula da Fonseca where she presents her exciting work looking at how the fight against malaria has been advanced using cryo-electron microscopy of proteasomes. By looking into the interactions of proteasomes using various techniques, snapshots of proteins in action can be created. The proteasome can then be a target for the development of new therapeutic drugs specifically for malaria which is a stimulating area of research. Entry is free for members and £3 for non-members!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

Synthetic biology: host-construct interactions - 22nd October 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Francesca Ceroni, Imperial College, London
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • Join us for an exciting talk by Dr Francesca Ceroni who has been a judge and a winning supervisor of the world renowned iGEM competition. Her research now focuses on bacterial and mammalian synthetic biology with a view towards biomedical applications. She will be discussing how context plays its role in synthetic biology when understanding and characterising host-construct interactions. Free for members, £3 for non-members

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

Cryo-EM heats up - 7th November 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Doryen Bubeck, Imperial College, London
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • The advances of cryo-EM led to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 awarded for this technique. In what promises to be an exciting talk, Dr Doryen Bubeck explores the role of cryo-EM in our immune system defences. Having carried out extensive research in both Harvard and Oxford, Dr Bubeck now leads a prominent lab in Imperial College London. Starting her research by looking at the entry mechanism for poliovirus, she now focuses on exploring host pathogen interactions in a broad sense to also find how we can harness our immune system therapeutically. Entry is free for members and £3 for non-members. As always food, drinks and a nice chat with the speaker afterwards!

  • Location : Main Lecture Theatre, St John's College Divinity School

Early maternal-fetal interactions - 22nd November 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Roser Vento-Tormo, Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • One of the most fascinating topics in science at the moment, Dr Roser Vento-Tormo presents an exciting story about early maternal-fetal interactions. After working in the lab of the well known Dr Sarah Teichmann, Roser now leads her own group speficially looking at reconstructing the early maternal-fetal interface in humans. Roser will also look into the interesting area regarding the immune interactions present especially in first trimester pregnancy. Free food and drink will be provided as always! Free for members, £3 for non-members Membership can be purchased at the talk!

  • Location : Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, CB2 1EW

Epigenetic modifications - 26th November 2018

  • Speaker : Dr Magdalena J Koziol, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
  • Time : 6:00 pm

  • In 2010, epigenetics was catapulted into public view appearing on the front cover of the Time magazine with the title "Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny." Since then vast research has been carried out in the ever expanding field and epigenetics is now known to have developmental consequences linking it to various conditions. In this fascinating talk, Dr Magdalena Koziol goes through novel epigenetic modifications which have been recently uncovered and so gives us a chance to explore the cutting edge aspect of this exciting field. Free for members, £3 for non-members. Free food and drink as always and this is our final talk of Michaelmas term, make sure to come!

  • Location : Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road
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The committee elected for the 2018-2019 year is as follows :

Mithun Kumaran
Rosie Thistlethwayte
Katie Francis
Anmol Arora
Publicity Officer
Cheryl Jiang
Sponsorship Director
Katy Addison
Membership Secretary
Jia Jun Lee
Social Secretary
Soma Turi

Previous committees can be found here:


We partner with Work Ready Graduates to provide new and bespoke opportunities to our members. Whether it be through articles educating BioSoc about internships, or a monthly video which aims to improve interview skills, Work Ready Graduates helps to improve the employability of our students. Under this unique partnership, Work Ready Graduates has built and continues to maintain a Hub on their website which all our members are free to access. Every month, BioSoc announces a new code unlocking the next employability module on this Hub – allowing members to slowly but surely build their skills throughout the year.

We urge you to explore the hub site by clicking on the link below. It’s an exciting and tailored service which we hope will bridge the gap between our weekly talks and the real world of work – we hope you think so too!

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