Our tributes to Professor Michael Wakelam, director of the Babraham Institute


“We have heard with great sadness the tragic news that our dear colleague, Professor Michael Wakelam, director of the Babraham Institute passed away of complications suspected to be due to Covid-19 infection. Professor Wakelam was an active voice on the value of international science. He was always enthusiastic and constructive and he was instrumental for building the  EU-LIFE alliance of research institutes as it is today. As Chair of EU-Life, representing The Institut Curie in the alliance, I could always count on him for input and ideas. Michael’s positive attitude and warm personality were an inspiration for so many of us. His loss is tragic for the scientific community and we will miss him deeply.

Our thoughts go to his family and to our colleagues at Babraham Institute in this difficult moment.

The Babraham Institute has opened a book of remembrance for anyone who would like to share their memories of Michael or tributes to him. Please email these to 

Tribute paid by Dr. Geneviève Almouzni / Research center at the Institut Curie / Head of the Chromatin Dynamics team / Member of the Science Academy in France / Co-Chair of the LifeTime Initiative

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