Core Biochemical Assay Laboratory (CBAL)

CBAL is situated in a refurbished laboratory on Level 4 of the Addenbrooke’s Pathology block.

CBAL is currently CPA-accredited as part of the NHS Department of Clinical Biochemistry. We will be applying for ISO15189 accreditation in the near future. CBAL has systems in place that enables us to store and retrieve samples and assay reports efficiently.

CBAL is currently staffed by six highly skilled NHS Biomedical Scientists who are funded by the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. All staff have received GCP training and participate in CPD schemes.

Since its inception in 2008 CBAL has worked closely with research groups across the CUH Campus including the Institute of Metabolic Sciences, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cancer Research UK and the MRC Epidemiology Unit. CBAL has also helped with the development of assays for local commercial organisations such as ProteinLogic, Takeda and UroSens.

Further information can be found on the CUH Website:


Contact Information

Core Biochemical Assay Laboratory, Level 4, Laboratory Block, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ

Group email:

Mr Keith Burling, Director of CBAL, Box 232, Direct Telephone : 01223 216 728 (NHS internal telephone x2728)  or

Mr Peter Barker, Senior Biomedical Scientist & Project Co-ordinator, Box 232, Direct Telephone: 01223 216 728 (NHS internal telephone x2728)

The laboratory opening hours are Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm.

If sample deliveries are likely to be outside these hours it is essential to contact CBAL staff immediately so that contingency plans can be made.

CBAL is closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.


Further information can be found on the CUH Website: