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Milo Keynes Prize awarded to Pedro Guiomar

Pedro Guiomar has been awarded the Milo Keynes Prize for the academic year 2019–20, in recognition of the very high quality of his PhD thesis entitled “The role of RNA modifications in mitochondrial translation”.

The Milo Keynes Prize is awarded by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, on behalf of the Director of Postgraduate Education for the School of Clinical Medicine.

Professor Judy Hirst appointed director of the MRC MBU

From the Regius Professor of Physic and Dr Rob Buckle, Chief Science Officer at the MRC

On behalf of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cambridge, we are delighted to announce that Professor Judy Hirst has been appointed as the next Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit.  Judy has been the Interim Director since 1 April 2019 when Professor Massimo Zeviani stepped down.

World Mitochondrial Disease Week

This week, 13-19 September 2020 is World Mitochondrial Disease Week.

An initiative of International Mito Patients (IMP), World Mitochondrial Disease Week raises awareness of mitochondrial disease (mito) on a global scale through educational, fundraising and advocacy activities.

As we have not been able to organise any live events for this week, we have compiled a short presentation of our annual "Wear it Green" and "Bake it Green" activities held in previous years.


John Walker’s group solves the structure of the dimeric ATP synthase from bovine mitochondria at atomic resolution

Tobias Spikes, Martin Montgomery and John Walker have solved the atomic resolution structure of dimeric ATP synthase from bovine mitochondria by cryo-electron microscopy.

The ATP synthases are complex molecular machines embedded in the inner membranes of mitochondria where they produce almost all the ATP required to sustain life by a mechanical rotary action. Single ATP synthases associate into dimers and form long rows, influencing the formation of characteristic cristae which change shape constantly.

MBU volunteers involved in COVID-19 testing

Volunteers from the MBU have been involved in the collaborative COVID-19 testing operation, based at the Cambridge Testing Centre in Partnership with AstraZeneca and GSK.

Charis Goodyear has been talking to volunteers from across the Biomedical Campus, who joined the testing team when they were not able to carry out their usual roles due to building closures.

MRC Cambridge Activity Book

UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists in Cambridge are studying all the different ways that medical science can help protect our health and improve our lives. This activity book is for people of all ages to explore the variety of MRC-funded work that takes place in Cambridge. Our work involves examining everything from the cells and organs in our bodies, all the way up to the places where live... and all the things in between!


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