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Researchers uncover an unexpected job for the ancient family of chaperone proteins

23 January 2024

We all go through times when we are not on track, feeling a little blue and out of our usual form. These are the times when we need a little warmth from those close to us – some extra support, a helping hand. The same goes for the proteins in our cells. Proteins are the workhorses in our cells and have numerous tasks to...

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Unit researchers part of consortium awarded £8M in funding to enhance the UK’s nucleic acid therapeutics delivery platforms

16 January 2023

We are delighted to share the news that Prof Anne Willis and Dr Ritwick Sawarkar are a part of a consortium that has been awarded £8 million by the Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA) to enhance the UK's nucleic acid therapeutics delivery platforms. The consortium, led by Professor Matthew Wood at the University of...

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Congratulations! Gates Trust scholarship for Roberto

22 April 2022

Roberto Campalastri, a PhD student in Ritwick Sawarkar's group, won the prestigious Gates Trust Scholarship . In his future research he will focus on the identification of novel cis-and trans- regulatory elements of human RNA Polymerase III by using artificial intelligence (AI) methods and genomic tools.

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Congratulations! New fellowships for our postdoc

6 April 2022

Andres Herrero was awarded by both the EMBO Postdoctoral and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. He aims to understand the regulation of human RNA Polymerase III by combining high-throughput sequencing, experimental, and computational approaches.

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Ritwick Sawarkar receives Alfred Tissières Young Investigator Award

13 March 2020

The MRC Toxicology Unit would like to congratulate Dr Ritwick Sawarkar who recieved The Alfred Tissières Young Investigator Award 2019. This award was established by The Executive Council of the Cell Stress Society International. Dr Sawarkar received the award for his contribution to the heat shock and cellular stress...

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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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