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Welcome to the MRC Toxicology Unit

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit is a leading International Research Institute within the School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge. The Unit delivers mechanistic toxicology research, pursuing hypothesis-driven toxicological questions with a particular focus on the study of the causal links between exposure to endogenous and exogenous toxicants, molecular initiating events and adverse outcome pathways. The Unit's overall aims are to carry out pioneering research which leads to improved health and to train and mentor the next generation of toxicologists.

 

Professor Anne Willis is Director of the MRC Toxicology Unit.  Anne was appointed as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2015, and in 2017 awarded an OBE for services to biomedical sciences and supporting the careers of women scientists.

 
Professor Anne Willis OBE

News

New paper published in Nature: Bioaccumulation of therapeutic drugs by human gut bacteria

15 September 2021

Common medications can accumulate in gut bacteria, altering bacterial function and potentially reducing the medications’ effectiveness. This study started as a collaborative project at EMBL Heidelberg and was concluded in the group of Kiran Patil after his move to the MRC Toxiciology Unit in Cambridge. Read the full...

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New paper published in Nature Communications today: The pathogenesis of mesothelioma is driven by a dysregulated translatome

13 August 2021

Mesothelioma cancer patients may benefit from new research that sheds light onto the reason behind the growth of these tumour cells which, unlike most cancers, have no oncogenic drivers. Scientists from the MRC Toxicology Unit (University of Cambridge) and the CRUK Beatson Institute (University of Glasgow) worked on the...

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MRC Toxicology Unit Semi-finalists - Postdoc Business Plan Competition

3 August 2021

Congratulations to Gavin D. Garland and Aristedis Sfakianos who have made it through to the semi-finals of the 2021 Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan competition! Find more information about the competition, semi-finalists and prizes here: https://www.enterprise.cam.ac.uk/semi-finalists-announced-in-2021-postdo...

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Recruitment

We are currently inviting applications for the following positions:

Position Closing Date
Laboratory Manager (Operations) 21 Sep 2021
Research Assistant (Thaventhiran lab) 8 Sep 2021
Research Associate x 2 (Patil lab) 1 Sep 2021

Further details on each vacancy can be found our recruitment page.