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The mission of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) is to undertake internationally competitive research into the processes underlying normal cell and molecular biology and to determine the mechanisms by which these processes are perturbed in inherited and acquired human diseases. It is also our mission to translate this research to improve human health. The WIMM is uniquely placed among biomedical institutes throughout the world in its pioneering vision of combining outstanding clinical research with excellent basic science. The WIMM Faculty currently includes an equal mixture of scientists and clinicians working together and in collaboration with the National Institute of Health Research, the NHS and commercial companies with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The major topics of current research include haematology, immunology, stem cell biology, oncology and inherited human genetic diseases. The Institute benefits from strategic support from the MRC.

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The Institute values communication with members of the broader scientific community and the general public and with the support of the Medical Research Council (MRC) we have commissioned three short videos to explain our mission.


Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship awarded

Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship awarded

Posted 27/05/2016

Jan Rehwinkel, a Group leader in HIU,  has recently been awarded a Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship to study “Z-RNA and Z-DNA: Novel Inducers of Antiviral Immunity”.  Jan says “In addition to the well-known B- and A-form, double-stranded DNA and RNA can also adopt the so-called Z-conformation. Z-DNA and Z-RNA are characterised by a left-handed double helix, the absence of major grooves and a zig-zag arrangement of the phosphodiester bac ...


From molecules to microscopes: WIMM Day 2016

From molecules to microscopes: WIMM Day 2016

Posted 18/05/2016

Once a year, all research and support staff working within the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) in Oxford gather together to explore and discuss the innovative and diverse research ongoing within the Institute. The WIMM houses nearly 500 research staff working on a range of research interests from rare anaemias to prostate cancer, and as a result the annual WIMM Day conference always promises to be a stimulating and inspiring ...

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Postdoctoral Scientist in Genome Engineering/Bioinformatics Ref:123629

Posted 27/05/2016

An opportunity has arisen for a driven, highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Scientist to join the research groups of Associate Professors Tudor Fulga and Thomas Milne at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. The position, funded by the BBSRC and the Medical Research Council, is fixed-term for 3 years and will provide a unique opportunity to work in a fast developing field. The Fulga group is interested in understanding t ...


Scientists without borders


Here in Oxford, scientists have access to some of the best research facilities in the world. These resources allow researchers working here to develop skills and techniques that those in less well-resourced parts of the world cannot. In recognition of this, Erdinc Sezgin, a postdoctoral research scientist working in Christian Eggeling’s lab in the HIU, recently organised a microscopy workshop in Turkey (funded by the British Council) to help bridge this divide, and allow researchers in Turkey access to the skills, techniques and facilities that we in Oxford so often take for granted. In this blog, he describes the international friendships that the workshop inspired, and explains the importance of sharing resources and expertise across borders.

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