MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

IGMM seminar series

The IGMM 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 IGMM.

Unless stated, all seminars take place at 1pm in the IGMM Lecture Theatre.


Additional support for the 2018-19 IGMM seminar series has been provided by Proteintech (




Thursday 10 January : Structure and mechanism of INO80 family chromatin remodellers

 Professor Dale Wigley, Imperial College London

Host: Professor Nick Gilbert

Thursday 17 January : Genome-wide analysis of protein-DNA interactions

 Professor Jussi Taipale, University of Cambridge

Host: Professor Colin Semple

Thursday 24th January : Mental health and circadian rhythms in the UK Biobank cohort

Professor Daniel Smith, University of Glasgow

Host: Professor David Porteous

Thursday 31 January : Transposable elements, their polydactyl controllers and the species-specificity of human biology

Professor Didier Trono, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Host: Professor Martin Taylor


Thursday 7 February : In Cancer as in real estate, location matters: The role of Extrachromosomal Oncogene Amplification in cancer

Professor Paul Mischel, Ludwig Cancer Research, UC San Diego

Host: Juliet Luft

Tuesday 12 February : Mechanisms of ciliary signaling: How cellular antennae work and what to do when they don’t

Professor Jeremy Reiter, UC San Francisco

Host: Dr Pleasantine Mill

Thursday 21 February : Cell type specific translation profiling in mouse models of autism

Dr Emily Osterweil, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Host: Dr Tamir Chandra

Wednesday 27 February : DNA replication, singled out                                                                                                                                                                               

Dr Conrad Nieduszynski, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

Host: Dr Andrew Wood


Thursday 14 March : Chromosome and Chromatin dynamics at DNA Double Strand breaks                                                                                      

Dr Gaelle Legube, CBI Toulouse

Host: Dr Martin Reijns

Thursday 21 March : Coping with a stressful start in life

Dr Alex Gould, Francis Crick Institute

Host: Dr Andy Finch

Thursday 28 March : Organising the nucleus during tissue differentiation: silencing repeats and turning on genes

Professor Susan Gasser, Friedrich Miescher Institute

Host: Professor Wendy Bickmore


Thursday 4 April : How chromatin is reorganised during zygotic reprogramming to totipotency

Dr Kikue Tachibana, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Host: Ilia Fliamer

Thursday 25 April : Tales of tails: Molecular insights into the mRNA poly(A) tail machinery

Dr Lori Passmore, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Host: Professor Javier Caceres


Thursday 2 May : Tuberculosis pharmacogenomics revealed by a zebrafish forward genetic screen

Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan,  University of Cambridge

Host: Professor Andrew Jackson

Thursday 9 May : Engineering novel protein, cellular, and rat models of Parkinson’s by manipulation of α-Synuclein

Dr Tilo Kunath, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Host: Dr Kathy Evans

Thursday 16 May : The Opportunity in "Crisis" - How the focus on reproducibility can lead us to better science

Professor Malcolm Macleod, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Host: Kathryn Jones

15.30  Tuesday 28 May : Super-resolution imaging of transcription in live mammalian cells

Professor Ibrahim Cisse, MIT

Host: Professor Wendy Bickmore

**Please note this seminar takes place as part of the ESRIC Imaging Symposium 2019**


10.00 Friday 7 June : Reprogramming the Genetic Code

Professor Jason Chin, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology

Host: Dr Jason Chin

**Please note this seminar takes place as part of the Bioorthogonal & Bioresponsive Symposium 2019**

Friday 21 June : Mosaic mobile DNA and mammals

Professor Geoffrey Faulkner, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Host: Dr Jose Garcia-Perez

Thursday 27 June : Activation of innate immune sensors by viruses and self

Professor Nicolas Manel, Institut Curie, Paris

Host: Professor Yanick Crow