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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 values communication with members of the broader scientific community and the general public and with the support of the MRC we have commissioned three short videos to explain our mission.


Anya Sturdy Fellowship

Anya Sturdy Fellowship

Posted 29/07/2014

Double congratulations! Well done to both Catherine Garrett and Andrew King who have each been awarded a prestigious Anya Sturdy Fellowship and thank you to the Anya Sturdy Trustees for exceptionally offering to support two fellowships this year. Catherine and Andrew will both take up their fellowships in August, joining the Vyas and Higgs groups respectively. Dr Chris Hatton, Consultant Haematologist who lead the interview process was delighted ...


Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Posted 28/07/2014

Prof Chris Newbold has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. Chris says – “The expression of some multigene families is key to malaria virulence. The prime example is the var gene family of Plasmodium falciparum whose protein products are expressed on the surface of infected red cells (iRBC), undergo mutually exclusive expression and evade host immunity by transcriptional switches. They also mediate binding to host cell ...

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Research Assistant in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology 114280

Posted 16/07/2014

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant to join the research group of Dr Catherine Porcher within the Molecular Haematology Unit at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. The group’s research interests focus on the transcriptional regulation of blood stem cell development through the characterisation of regulatory protein complexes and their nuclear targets. For further details see ...

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How to make a red blood cell - and fast

How to make a red blood cell - and fast

Posted 18/07/2014

How to make a red blood cell - and fast. Understanding how normal blood cells are made in the body can help us understand what goes wrong in blood-related diseases such as anaemia (a lack of red blood cells) and leukaemia (cancer of the blood). Guest writer Dr. Gemma Swiers describes recent research by Claus Nerlov’s group in the WIMM that has made an exciting breakthrough in understanding how the body produces red blood cells – especially ...

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