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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has agreed to extend her Patronage of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit for a further three years, to December 2018.

This is, once again, wonderful news for the Unit as it continues to pursue its scientific aims. The Princess Royal's association with the Unit began in 1990 when Her Royal Highness became Patron of the Dunn Nutrition Unit and we are delighted that The Princess Royal has taken a keen interest in our work during several stages of the Unit's evolution.

MBU Scientists Participate in UTC Cambridge Careers Event

There is a bewildering array of career choices available to young people. To broaden college students’ perspectives on job types in STEM industries, the MRC MBU participates in careers events for students in Years 11-13 at the University Technical College (UTC Cambridge).

Careers Day at The University Technical College, Cambridge

There is a bewildering array of career choices available to young people. To broaden college students’ perspectives on job types in STEM industries, the MRC MBU participated in an IT careers event for students in Years 11-13 at University Technical College (UTC Cambridge).

2015 Cambridge Big Biology Day

On Saturday, 17 October 2015, members of the MRC MBU showcased the Unit’s work at the Cambridge Big Biology Day event, held at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Proteins are molecular machines in our body that perform many different tasks. They have a defined structure that can be determined using a technique called X-ray crystallography.

At the event, visitors grew crystals of protein, a pre-requisite for crystallography, and looked at and analysed their structures using the latest computer programs.

Professor Gottfried Schatz

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that the eminent mitochondrial biochemist Jeff (Gottfried) Schatz passed away on 1 October, 2015. We had invited him to deliver the third annual Sir John Walker lecture here in Cambridge on 28 September. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it due to ill health.  His scientific work was focussed on mitochondria and among his many achievements he was one of the discoverers of mtDNA and a pioneer in investigating mitochondrial protein import.

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