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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.


Dr Iztok Urbančič joins the Eggeling lab with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Dr Iztok Urbančič joins the Eggeling lab with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Posted 17/10/2016

This month, Dr Iztok Urbančič joined Christian Eggeling's lab in the MRC Human Immunology Unit, supported by a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Iztok completed his studies in physics in 2009 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and obtained his PhD in biophysics in 2013 from the University of Maribor, Slovenia. During his 2-year fellowship here at the MRC WIMM, he will work on further improving super-resolution ...


MRC WIMM scientists celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Lister Institute

MRC WIMM scientists celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Lister Institute

Posted 13/10/2016

  The Lister Institute was founded in 1891 as a research institute researching vaccines and antitoxins, and over its impressive 125-year history has developed into one of the most prestigious funders of scientific research in the UK. Scientists supported by the Lister Institute have been involved in some of the most pivotal scientific and medical discoveries over the past century, including development of the UK’s first diphtheria vaccine, ...

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MRC WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2017

Posted 21/10/2016

    The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2017. These Studentships are open to outstanding students of any nationality. The Institute is a world leading molecular and cell biology centre that focuses on research with application to human disease. It houses nearly 500 research and support staff in 47 research groups working on a range of ...

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Seeing is believing: what does your DNA look like in 3D?


Clue: it’s a bit more complicated than a bendy ladder. Over the past year, scientists working in the Computational Biology Research Group and the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at the MRC WIMM have been collaborating with Goldsmiths University in London to produce CSynth: new interactive software which allows users to visualize DNA structures in three dimensions. The team took the technology to New Scientist Live in September this year, and wowed hundreds of people with this incredible new tool. In this blog post, Bryony Graham describes the science behind the technology, and how the team managed to explain some pretty complex genomics to thousands of people using some pieces of string, a few fluffy blood cells and a couple of touchscreens, all whilst working under a giant inflatable E. coli suspended from the ceiling. Of course.

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