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MRC Toxicology Unit



The MRC Toxicology Unit host seminars and these usually take place in the Seminar Room, Level 5, Hodgkin Building, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HB




Professor Elena Cattaneo, Director, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Diseases,  Department of Biosciences, University of Milan. Co-founder and Director of UniStem, the University of Milan’s Centre for Stem Cell Research

Title: "Using stem cells to study the biology and evolution of the expanding CAG in Huntington"

Date: Friday 18 January at 12:00

Sponsor:  Dr Lia Panman


Dr Christian Ramakers, Mimetas - The Organ on a Chip Company, the Netherlands

Title:  "Human Tissue Models for Better Therapies"

Date: Wednesday 30 January at 12:00

Sponsors:  Professor Marion MacFarlane & Dr Lia Panman


Dr Cristian Bellodi, Assistant Professor, Division of Molecular Hematology, Lund Stem Cell Center, Lund University, Sweden

Title: "Novel insights into an old modification: RNA pseudouridylation regulatory dynamics in development and disease"

Date: Wednesday 3 April at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Dr L. Miguel Martins


Dr Rebecca Clark, Assistant Professor, Department of Biosciences, Durham University & Founding member of the Clark Fly Lab

Title: "Immune-microbe crosstalk in the ageing host"

Date: Wednesday 15 May at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Dr L. Miguel Martins


Professor Anne Rosser, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cardiff, Wales

Title:  "Advanced Therapeutics for Huntington’s disease"

Date: Wednesday 22 May at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Dr Lia Panman


Dr Greg Findlay, Principal Investigator, MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, University of Dundee

Title:  "From Stem to Stern": Exploring Signal Transduction in Pluripotent Cells

Date: Wednesday 12 June at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Dr Lia Panman


Dr Julia Cordero, Leadership Fellow & Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Career Development Fellow, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow

Title: "Drosophila as a model system to study local and extrinsic regulation of stem cell function in the intestine"

Date: Wednesday 19 June at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Dr L. Miguel Martins


Dr Ritwick Sawarkar, Independent Group Leader at Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany   

Title: "Epigenetic Control of Cellular Response to Environmental Stress"

Date: Tuesday 9 July at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Professor Anne Willis


Professor Chris Proud, Theme Leader, Lifelong Health, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute & Director, Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology, and Deputy Node Head (SA Node), EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network, SAHMRI, Adelaide, Australia

Title: "Control of the elongation stage of protein synthesis - why do it?"

Date: Tuesday 3 September at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Professor Anne Willis


Dr Kristian Franze, Reader in Neuronal Mechanics & Fellow of St. John's College, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Title: "The mechanical regulation of neuronal development and regeneration"

Date: Wednesday 11 September at 12:00

Sponsor:  Dr Lia Panman


Dr Ian Mudway, Lecturer in Respiratory Toxicology, Lung Biology Group, Environmental Research Group, King’s College London

Title: "The demonization of diesel"

Date: Wednesday 18 September at 11:00am

Sponsor:  Professor Marion MacFarlane


Professor Ben Luisi, Principal Investigator, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Title:  "The dynamic bacterial machinery of RNA turnover, processing and surveillance"

Date: Wednesday 9 October at 11:00am

Sponsors:  Professor Anne Willis & Professor Gerry Melino


Professor Tatsuya Murakami, Professor of Biological Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Toyama Prefectural University, Japan & Visiting Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University Institute of Advanced Study

Title:  "High-density lipoprotein mutant eye drops"

Date: Friday 11 October at 11:00am

Sponsors:  Dr Nobuhiro Morone


Dr Nuno Leal, Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Alzheimer Research, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden                                           

Title: "The interplay between mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum contact sites and Alzheimer's disease"

Date: Thursday 5 December at 11:00am 

Sponsor:  Dr L. Miguel Martins