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 on Thursdays at 1pm in the IGMM Lecture Theatre 

Thursday 21 September: Using zebrafish to study nervous system formation, function and repair

David Lyons, Centre for Neuroregeneration, University of Edinburgh

Host: Professor Andrew Jackson

Thursday 28 September: Understanding metabolic phenotypes and liabilities in human cancer

Ralph DeBerardinis, UT Southwestern, Dallas 

Host: Dr Andy Finch


Thursday 5 October:  Precision Wnt signaling

 John Paul Vincent, The Francis Crick Institute, London

Host: Dr Luke Boulter

Thursday 12 October: From genomic variation to molecular mechanism

 Jan Korbel, EMBL, Heidelberg

Host: Professor Chris Ponting

Thursday 26 October: Roles of miRNAs in animal development: lessons from C. elegans

 Luisa Cochella, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna

Host: Professor Javier Caceres


Thursday 2 November: Size matters: the need for some large-scale population studies

 Rory Collins, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Host: Professor Helen Colhoun

Thursday 9 November:  Measuring cancer evolutionary dynamics from genomic data

 Trevor Graham, Bart's Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Host: Dr Duncan Sproul

Thursday 16 November: Restoration of chromatin based information behind replication forks

 Constance Alabert, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

Host: Dr Andrew Wood

Thursday 23 November: Using genotype as a causal anchor in epigenetic studies

Caroline Relton, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Host: Dr Riccardo Marioni


Thursday 7 December: Cardiac biomarkers in Generation Scotland and beyond: current perspectives and future possibilities

Paul Welsh, Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow

Host: Professor Caroline Hayward



Thursday 11 January:  From the nucleus to mitochondria, gene expression at high resolution

 Stirling Churchman, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Host: Professor Javier Caceres and Professor Wendy Bickmore

Thursday 18 January: 3 types of cell competition and its roles in development, cancer and ageing

 Eduardo Moreno, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon

Host: Dr Juan-Carlos Acosta

Thursday 25 January: To be confirmed

 Stuart Forbes, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Host: Dr Luke Boulter


Thursday 1 February: Genome diversification and stability in the human germline

 Eva Hoffmann, Center for Chromosome Stability, University of Copenhagen

Host: Dr Ian Adams

Thursday 22 February: How the genome is reorganized during zygotic reprogramming to totipotency

 Kikue Tachibani-Konwalski, IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology GmbH, Vienna

Host: Ilya Fliamer/Students


Thursday 1 March: To be confirmed

Jordan Raff, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Host: Tooba Quidwai

Thursday 8 March: To be confirmed

Dmitry Gordenin, Mechanisms of Genome Dynamics Group, NIH/NIEHS, North Carolina

Host: Professor Martin Taylor

Thursday 15 March: To be confirmed

Giles Hardingham, Centre for Integrative Physiology, The University of Edinburgh

Host: Professor Cathy Abbott

Thursday 29 March: Decoding Plasticity in the Dark Proteome

Edward Lemke, EMBL, Heidelberg

Host: Professor David FitzPatrick and Dr Ann Wheeler


Thursday 12 April: Replication-associated Chromosome Maintenance Mechanisms in Yeast and Human Cells

Anne Donaldson, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen 

Host: Professor Nick Gilbert

Thursday 19 April: To be confirmed

 Moira Whyte, Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh

Host: Professor Andrew Jackson

Thursday 26 April: The genetic analysis of biomedical big data

Gil McVean, Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics, University of Oxford

Host: Professor Nick Hastie


Thursday 3 May: To be confirmed

 Cathie Sudlow, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Host: Professor David Porteous

Thursday 17 May: To be confirmed

Daniel Gaffney, Sanger Institute, Hinxton

Host: Professor Chris Ponting

Thursday 31 May: Single cell and population analysis of neural stem cell fate in the adult zebrafish brain

Laure Bally-Cuif, Pasteur Institut, Paris

Host: Professor David FitzPatrick


Thursday 7 June: To be confirmed

 Richard Youle, NIH/NINDS, Bethesda

Host: Dr Simon Wilkinson

Thursday 14 June: Architecture and adaptation of human complex traits: from polygenic to omnigenic

Jonathan Pritchard, Stanford University, California

Host: Professor Wendy Bickmore

Thursday 21 June: Quantitatative super-resolution 3D-SIM imaging of chromatin domain organisation

Lothar Schermelleh, University of Oxford, Oxford

Host: Dr Ann Wheeler

Further information: IGMM Admin Hub