Latest News Stories from the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine MRC Human Immunology Unit
Jan Rehwinkel delivers Lister Institute Prize Lecture

Jan Rehwinkel delivers Lister Institute Prize Lecture

Posted 08/05/2017

Congratulations to Jan Rehwinkel, Principal Investigator in the MRC Human Immunology Unit, who delivered his Lister Institute Research Fellowship Prize Lecture on 3 May. Jan shared his research into nucleotide sensing by the immune system, including new work funded by the Lister Institute to investigate detection of DNA and RNA in the ‘Z confirmation’ in anti-viral responses. We were delighted to welcome representatives from the Lister ...

Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak wins British Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award

Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak wins British Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award

Posted 04/05/2017

Congratulations to Dr Danuta Gutowska-Owsiak, a post-doctoral researcher with Prof Graham Ogg in the MRC Human Immunology Unit, who has won a Young Investigator Award for her substantial contribution to dermatology research. Danuta was presented with the award at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology  meeting in Manchester in April. Danuta will give a Young Investigator Award Lecture at the ‘Best of BSID’ during the British ...

Researchers in the MRC Human Immunology Unit discover immune system’s Trojan horse

Researchers in the MRC Human Immunology Unit discover immune system’s Trojan horse

Posted 04/08/2015

Professor Jan Rehwinkel’s team from the MRC Human Immunology Unit have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines. Scientists already knew that when a virus containing or producing DNA enters a cell in the body it is detected by a protein called cGAS. This in turn ...

Oxford Immunology Group Meeting – First Poster Prize

Posted 21/04/2015

Congratulations to Elina Lipina (Cerundolo Lab) who was awarded the First Prize for her Poster presentation at the Oxford Immunology Group Meeting held on April 17th 2015.

Newton International Exchange Award

Newton International Exchange Award

Posted 16/04/2015

Congratulations to Tao Dong who has been awarded a prestigious Newton International Exchange Award from the Royal Society for her project entitled "The study of impact of IFITM3 variants on the function of Influenza specific T cells".

Professor Richard Cornall elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Richard Cornall elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Posted 03/06/2014

Richard Cornall from the MRC Human Immunology Unit has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 44 new Fellows were elected to the Academy Fellowship following the Council meeting in April 2014. These distinguished medical scientists join the existing Fellows of the Academy to bring the total membership to 1134.    

WHO world no tobacco day 2014

WHO world no tobacco day 2014

Posted 03/06/2014

31st May is the World Health Organization (WHO) world no tobacco day. Tobacco kills millions of people each year through smoking or exposure to second hand smoke. Dr Ling-Pei Ho is a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer at the MRC Human Immunology Unit and a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine. To mark no tobacco day, NDM asked  her about the link between respiratory diseases and smoking, and her own research on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). ...

Programme grant won

Programme grant won

Posted 02/05/2014

The laboratory of Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo has won a CRUK Programme Grant for their work on development of vaccination strategies to enhance tumour specific immune responses. Prof. Cerundolo said, 'We aim to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms which control the cell-cell interplay required for optimal activation of tumour-specific immune responses and to apply this knowledge to the development of better treatment of cancer ...

Two Fellowships awarded to Eggeling Group

Posted 17/02/2014

Dr. Erdinc Sezgin of the Eggeling Group has been awarded two prestigious fellowships; An EMBO long term Fellowship, and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Dr. Sezgin completed his PhD in Biophysics at the Biotechnology Centre, Technical University of Dresden in 2012, and has since done further research on lipid-protein interactions in Kai Simons lab at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany. He joined Dr. ...

NIHR Research Professorship

NIHR Research Professorship

Posted 15/11/2013

A prestigious NIHR Research Professorship has been awarded, as one of the five successful recipients in the third round of the competition, to Dr Alison Simmons for her work in redefining Crohn’s Disease at a molecular level to identify new biomarkers and therapies. The NIHR Research Professorships are intended to enable outstanding early career academics to spend a fixed 5-year period dedicated to translational research at professorial level, ...