Institute of Genetics and Cancer
Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Seminar series

The Seminar Series attracts distinguished scientists from around the world working in the fields of genetics, molecular medicine and cancer research, and whose research complements that being done at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer.

In 2021 we are holding a number of mini-symposia,  exploring some of our research themes from across the Institute, featuring a variety of speakers in each session within a topic.

Sessions are open to all within CMVM, University of Edinburgh - Please contact for more information.

Cellular Senescence and the Immune System

Thursday 4th March, 4pm

  • Professor Pingwei Li, Texas A&M University
  • Professor Dan Stetson, University of Washington
  • Dr Carolina Uggenti, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh

Thursday 11th March, 4pm

  • Dr Alice Lepelley, Institut Imagine, Paris
  • Professor Gerald Shadel, Salk Institute, La Jolla
  • Professor Stephen Tait, Beatson Institute, Glasgow

Glasgow-Edinburgh Cancer Seminar Series In collaboration with the Beatson Institute, Glasgow

Thursday 18th March, 12pm

Modeling breast cancer in mice and rats

Professor Jos Jonkers

Senior Group Leader & Head of Division of Molecular Pathology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Professor of Molecular Experimental Ontogenetics and Cancer Therapeutics, Leiden University

Nucleic acid signalling to the innate immune system

Thursday 22nd April, 1pm

Cytoplasmic Chromatin Fragments (CCF) Activate Immune Signaling in Senescent and Aged Cells
Professor Peter Adams, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla
Metabolic stressed T cells accelerate systemic senescence and aging
Dr Maria Mittelbrunn, Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, Madrid

Cellular Mechanisms of Development and Disease

Thursday 29th April, 2pm

How to build a ciliary sensory organelle
Professor Vadim Arshavsky, Duke University
CYRI, a new regulator of actin in lamellipodia and macropinosomes
Dr Laura Machesky, Beatson Institute, Glasgow
RPGR, actin and photoreceptor membranes
Dr Roly Megaw, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh

Thursday 20th May, 2pm

Cell fate patterning: The guiding hand of tissue geometry
Dr Guillaume Blin, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Professor Yanlan Mao, University College London
Professor Xavier Trepat, IBEC Barcelona

Thursday 27th May, 2pm

Ecological interactions in tissue growth: maximising a cell's chance to contribute to a functional organ
Professor Laura Johnston, University of Columbia
The role of proteotoxic stress in cell competition
Professor Eugenia Piddini, EMBL, Heidelberg
Cell competition and its role as a mitochondrial purifying selection mechanism during development
Dr Tristan Rodriguez, Imperial College London


Thursday 10th June, 12pm

Cutting in the wrong place: transcription-associated mutagenesis causes short deletions in cancer and the human germline
Dr Martin Reijns, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh
RNA 5-methylcytosine regulates metabolic plasticity of cancer cells
Dr Michaela Frye, DKFZ, Heidelberg
Hosted by Dr Andy Bretherick, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh

Thursday 17th June, 12pm

Cellular communication during salivary gland regeneration
Dr Elaine Emmerson, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Mapping human tissue architecture using spatial genomics
Dr Omer Bayraktar, Sanger Institute, Cambridge
Hosted by Dr Jeanette Baran-Gale, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh

Thursday 24th June, 12pm

The long and short of COVID-19: ACE2, interferons and genetics
Dr Mila Prokunina-Olsson, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Hosted by Dr Jonine Figueroa, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh