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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


Tiago Marques Pedro selected for international toxicology conference

23 August 2023

tiago.jpg Tiago Marques Pedro, a PhD student in the MacFarlane lab, has been selected to present his research at the Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity. "Alongside the amazing speakers, innovative science and hiking excursions, I was chosen to give a short talk based on my poster...

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The Mirror report discovery that could help tailor vaccinations for people in future

31 July 2023

The Mirror covered the latest exciting research from the Thaventhiran lab in collaboration with researchers across the University of Cambridge. Described as a "huge step forward" by Dr Miriam Stoppard, the discovery made by Unit researchers may explain why, even among vulnerable patient groups, some have better responses...

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Explore all opportunities currently open across the Unit on our recruitment page.