Professor Borysiewicz, Professor Sissons, friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this event to mark the launch of the Medical Research Council's Unit of Mitochondrial Biology. "Launch" is an appropriate description that fits the well-known nautical associations with this building. For Borys' benefit, I should explain that the building is known locally as the "Titanic".
One of the resources for the Design4Science exhibition, curated by principal lecturer Shirley Wheeler (Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, University of Sunderland), and now displayed at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, was the scientific results produced by John Walker on the ATP synthase.
The Mitochondrial Biology Unit participates in the Cambridge Science Festival every year, and staff and students participating in the development of posters and events are very enthusiastic about it. As something new the posters this year were based on a highly visual design clearly emphasizing the importance of visuals in the research process as well as in the communication process. The posters explain how the body uses energy stored in food to produce ATP.
Loop.pH’s artworks investigate how scientific discoveries on a molecular level can be scaled up to architectural dimensions. The three dimensional model or space aids the understanding of complex form and enables a conversation about structure across different fields of art and science.
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, FRS, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, opened the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at a ceremony held in the Sackler Lecture Theatre in The Wellcome Trust/MRC building on April 1st 2009. After the ceremony, he and other guests visited exhibits provided by members of the Unit that explained aspects of the research activities of the Unit.
Michal Minczuk has been appointed as a Career Track independent group leader in the Unit. He will be working on mitochondrial genetics. Michal spent the last year as a postdoc with Ian Holt's group. He was previously in the research group of Sir Aaron Klug at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and he holds an MSc and PhD from the University of Warsaw in his native Poland.
This year's Sir William Dunn Lecture was given by Prof. Jodi Nunnari of the University of California, Davis in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology on Tuesday, 7th April 2009.
"The machines that divide and fuse mitochondria"