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Atomic resolution cryoEM structures of mammalian respiratory complex I

Researchers at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, led by Dr Judy Hirst, have used cryoEM to determine structures of mammalian respiratory complex I at atomic resolution - sufficient to see how individual amino acid sidechains change position between two different states of the enzyme.

Big Bang Event at Newham College

On Thursday, 5 July 2018 members of the MBU visited Newham College, East London, to participate in the Big Bang Event.

The Big Bang events offer fun and free science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities for 10-18 year olds.

We took our fly exhibits and provided some hands-on microscopy and water-bath based experiments... and, in appreciation of the extraordinary heat, we were able to demonstrate changes in experimental design when, occasionally, things didn't go exactly to plan!

We had a great time.

Tenured Professorships for Judy Hirst and Mike Murphy

The General Board of the Faculties of the University of Cambridge has recommended that, with effect from 1 October 2018, Professorships be established for Drs Judy Hirst (assigned to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences) and Mike Murphy (assigned to the Department of Medicine).


University transfer - one year on!

1 March 2018 marks the first anniversary of the MRC MBU's transfer into the University of Cambridge, as a University Unit department within the School of Clinical Medicine.

To mark this event, we are sharing with you our scientific animations of mitochondria.

Vamsi K Mootha MD delivers the 6th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture

The 6th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture, 'Genomics approaches to mitochondrial physiology and disease', was delivered on Thursday, 22 February 2018, by Vamsi Mootha, MD.

Dr Mootha is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Systems Biology and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His laboratory is based in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute, where he leads a research team dedicated to mitochondrial biology.


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