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Our website came into being on 2 February 1996, so this week it is 10 years old!

It has been through several changes of hardware, the pages certainly look different and the number of people looking at those pages from all over the world has greatly increased. In the first month of its life, February 1996, there were 5026 requests for pages. In October 2005, there were 212371 requests. That's a 42 fold increase.

screen shot of our  webserver as it was once

The picture shows how the main home page looked in 2000 and the WayBack Machine will show you other examples of how it used to be

The WWW concept was invented in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee while he was working at CERN (Geneva), the European centre for High Energy Physics. By the end of 1992 there were only 50 web sites in the World and a year later the number was still no more than 150. The main University web site appeared in June 1994.

Latest news

Dr Ioanna Mela awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre

4 June 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela, a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Laser Analytics Group with Prof Clemens Kaminski, has been awarded funding from the National Biofilm Innovation Centre, 3rd Proof of Concept Call, to investigate the potential of DNA nanostructures against oral biofilms.

New insight into protein misfolding could open up novel approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease

4 June 2020

A cross-institutional team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have uncovered a link between the structure of the protein alpha-synuclein and its likelihood to misfold and aggregate.

New paper on DNA nanostructures as a tool for targeted antimicrobial delivery

1 May 2020

Dr Ioanna Mela’s paper on DNA nanostructures that can specifically target bacteria has been published by Angewandte Chemie.