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MRC Toxicology Unit


Welcome to our new group leaders

22 October 2019

The Unit is delighted to announce the appointment of three new group leaders: Mike Chapman, Ritwick Sawarkar and Kiran Patil. Mike Chapman Mike’s programme will focus on the toxicity of CAR-T cell therapy. The lab will be combining genomic and proteomic approaches with more traditional ‘wet lab’ techniques to dissect the...

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Welcome to Dr Mathew Van de Pette

18 September 2019

The Unit is delighted to announce that Dr Mathew Van de Pette has joined on 1st September as Programme Leader Track. Mat's programme is aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which environmental stressors induce changes to epigentic pathways in utero.

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Poster Prize - Marco Travaglio

22 May 2019

Marco, a PhD student in the group of Lia Panman, has won a prize for his poster about dopaminergic axon guidance at the DDSSCC meeting held in Crete (13th -15th of May). This prize allows him to attend another course or conference organized by CamBioscience for free.

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Professor Andy Smith gives Barnes Award Lecture at the BTS Annual Congress

29 April 2019

Professor Andy Smith, Head of the Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP) at the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester, was nominated to deliver the 2019 Barnes Prize Lecture on 16 April at the British Toxicology Society (BTS) Annual Congress in Cambridge. The award was established in memory of Dr John Barnes, a...

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Catching lung cancer early using only a sample of blood

14 February 2019

In this video, a summary of Miguel’s group latest study, modelling pre-cancerous lung tumours in mice to determine if evidence of these early tumours could be detected in the blood

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Dr Martin Johnson –Neuropathy Target Esterase

24 December 2018

The MRC Toxicology Unit is sad to note the decease of Dr Martin Johnson a retired long-standing member of the Unit and British Toxicology Society. Over many years Martin meticulously investigated the target of some organophosphorus insecticides that cause degeneration of axons in the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This...

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'PAXX and its paralogs synergistically direct DNA polymerase λ activity in DNA repair'

25 September 2018

Published in @NatureComms today by scientists at @MRC_TU - 'PAXX and its paralogs synergistically direct DNA polymerase λ activity in DNA repair'

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Capturing scientfic talks in real time and summarising them in sketch form

24 September 2018

Anne Willis attended a Wellcome Trust Researcher meeting in Mid-September and at the meeting they commissioned a graphic artist - Alex Cagan. Alex is a post-doctoral researcher, who works on somatic evolution at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. In his spare time, he captures the content of talks in real time, and summarises...

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CDD-MRC Conference on “Genes vs Environment in Cancer”

24 September 2018

On the 17-19 September 2018 the 1st joint Cell Death & Differentiation and MRC Conference on “Genes vs Environment in Cancer Conference” was held at the Clare College in Cambridge, UK. The aim of this CDD-MRC Conference was to promote a multidisciplinary group, including luminary scientists, to discuss new ideas to...

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MRC Festival Zone ‘I'm a Scientist get me out of here'

23 July 2018

Two of our scientists, Liza Selly and Joaquin Zacarias Cabeza, recently took part in the MRC Festival Zone ‘I'm a Scientist get me out of here' event talking to school students from across the UK. Researchers put up a profile on the site, answer students’ questions about medical science, their research, their opinions and...

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