The Babraham Institute has an active outreach programme for primary and secondary schools, sixth-form colleges and the general public. Our scientists are encouraged to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for science with this wide range of the general public.

The resources for schools each consist of a presentation and a set of notes which give details of the learning outcomes, materials needed and an explanation of the slides. Links to other websites are given wherever possible. Supplementary materials can be found in the list of printable resources below.

Educational Resources

 

These are images of the cells and structures explained on this website. The images have been generated by scientists at the Babraham Institute, often in conjunction with the Babraham Institute Imaging Facility

Educational Resources

Neutrophil

A neutrophil or granulocyte - so named because of the granules which can be seen inside the cells. Image by Simon Walker.

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New B cells

Visualisation in B lymphocytes of HuR protein (red), mRNA processing bodies (green) and the nucleus (blue). Image by Manuel Diaz-Munoz.

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Gut immune cells

Fluorescent microscopy image of immune cells (red) in intestinal wall (green). Image by Marc Veldhoen.

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Lymphoid clusters

Image showing fat-associated lymphoid clusters which house immune cells important for maintaining immunity in the gut. Image by Yunhua Loo.

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Lymph node

Lymph node showing helper T cells (Red), killer T cells (Green) and B cells (Blue). Image by Fabien Garcon.

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Lymph node slide 1

Lymph node slice labelled for CD4 red and CD8 blue T cells and Dendritic Cells green. Image by Fabien Garcon.

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Macrophages 1

Visualisation in peritoneal macrophages of vinculin (red)and actin filaments (green). Image by Manuel Diaz-Munoz.

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Macrophages 2

Mouse macrophages infected with transgenic Listeria monocytogenes expressing YFP. Staining of the actin cytoskeleton with Alexa-568 phalloidin in red. Image by Verity Dale.

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Mouse spleen

Mouse spleen, stained to show B cells producing different antibodies (IgM in green IgD in red) and T cells (blue). Image by Fabien Garҫon.

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Neutrophils

Neutrophils phagocytosing or eating antibody-coated red blood cells. Image by Karen Anderson & Tamara Chessa.

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Spleen

Spleen (blue) infected with listeria (green). Image by Verity Dale.

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T cells

T cells - coloured red and green - found on human skin. Image by Marc Veldhoen.

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Lymph node slice 2

Thick lymph node slice 320um labelled for Fibroblastic Reticular Cells green, Dendritic cells red and Macrophages. Image by Fabien Garcon.

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These are images of the cells and structures explained on this website, and a video of Dr Marc Veldhoen explaining part of his research.

Marc Veldhoen

Marc Veldhoen explaining his research into why eating green vegetables is essential for a healthy immune system in the gut

Neutrophil migration

Video showing where Rac is active in a polarised migrating neutrophil. The red and white areas show high Rac activity at the front and the blue and green areas show low Rac activity at the back. (by Anna-Karin Johnsson)

Neutrophil migration 2

Neutrophils moving across a slide in response to a chemical stimulus

T cells

Memory T cells (green) at epithelial barriers (in this case the skin – blue) keep actively patrolling them in case of re-infection with a similar pathogen.

Thumbprints

Time lapse of bacteria growing over 48 hours from thumb prints on blood agar plates at 36 degrees C


Weapons of Microscopic Destruction

Watch our animated introduction to the main cells of the immune system and learn how they keep you healthy.

Weapons of Microscopic Destruction video in French

Armes de destruction microscopique: Comment votre système immunitaire vous protège des attaques

Weapons of Microscopic Destruction video in Spanish

Armas de destrucción microscópica: Cómo el sistema inmunitario le protege de ataques

Weapons of Microscopic Destruction video in German

Mikro-Vernichtungswaffen: Wie unser Immunsystem uns vor Angriffen schützt

Weapons of Microscopic Destruction video in Arabic

أسلحة التدمير المجهري