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.

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


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 8 March: Mutation load and mutation signatures in yeast and in humans

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

Host: Professor Martin Taylor

Thursday 15 March: Transcriptional regulation of neuronal resilience and degeneration

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

Host: Professor Cathy Abbott

Thursday 22 March: Why there is more to gene evolution than protein function: splicing and dual coding sequence

Laurence Hurst, University of Bath

Host: Dr Grzegorz Kudla

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 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: Large-scale clinical phenotyping: opportunities, challenges and (some) solutions

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

Host: Professor David Porteous

Thursday 10 May: Finding reproducible signatures of development and disease from the Stemformatics stem cell atlas

 Christine Wells, University of Melbourne

Host: Professor Colin Semple

Thursday 17 May: Mapping cellular quantitative trait loci in human IPS-based cell model systems

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 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: Chromatin organisation in mammalian cells - lessons from 3D super-resolution microscopy

Lothar Schermelleh, University of Oxford, Oxford

Host: Professor Nick Gilbert

Thursday 28 June: Centrioles as a model of organelle size control

Jordan Raff, University of Oxford

Host: Tooba Quidwai

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