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Big Biology Day 2016

On Saturday, 15 October members of the MRC MBU, with a guest from the MRC Cancer Unit, participated in the Big Biology Day 2016 at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Scientists explained the Unit's research with hands-on activities, such as crystallography, DNA sequencing puzzles and computer-based protein analysis.... and good use was made of the whiteboard!

The event was extremely well attended and our room was very busy all day - well done to our volunteers and thank you to all our visitors.

Mike Murphy and his group collaborate towards a major breakthrough in inflammation research

Mitochondria are repurposed from energy generators to drivers of inflammation.

A collaboration involving nine institutions, including the MRC MBU, has led to a report in Cell on a significant breakthrough in our understanding of inflammation, a key process in our bodies which occurs during infection and injury, but which can go awry in a range of inflammatory diseases.

The lead authors of this report are based at Trinity College Dublin.

4th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture

On 15 September 2016, Venki Ramakrishnan delivered the 4th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture in The Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

Venki is Deputy Director of the MRC LMB, where he is also a Research Group Leader.

He is President of The Royal Society and he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009, jointly with Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".

Judy Hirst - publication in 'Nature'

In collaboration with Vinothkumar at The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge we report the structure of respiratory complex I, one of the largest and most complicated enzymes in the mammalian cell.

Link to publication in Nature

MRC MBU at the Big Bang Fair Eastern 2016

On 30 June, 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse.

This annual event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.

We took our movies, sequencing puzzles and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases.

We welcomed young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with future scientists.

'Opportunities Ahead' Careers Fair

On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in 'Opportunities Ahead' - a careers fair for Cambridge school students. Through the use of videos, computer games and sequencing puzzles, our young visitors were given explanations of mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases. For further details about the event, along with links to the organisers, see: Opportunities Ahead.

Welcome to Dr Julien Prudent - Group Leader

We welcome Dr Julien Prudent, who joins the MBU today as the leader of a new research group working on Mitochondrial Physiology.

Dr Prudent's research here will focus on the investigation of the function of the ER/mitochondria contact sites in cell physiology and disease.

Dr Prudent is originally from Lyon, France and joins us from McGill University, Canada.

We wish Dr Prudent every success with his research programme.

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