MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

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.

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

Unless stated, seminars take place on Thursdays at 1pm in the IGC Lecture Theatre


Organoids and translational genomics in cancer research

Thursday 5th October

Professor Andrew Beggs

University of Birmingham

Host: Professor Val Brunton

mtDNA mutations in cancer: context-specific drivers with therapeutic relevance

Thursday 12th October

Dr Payam Gammage

Beatson Institute, Glasgow

Host: Colin Semple

Title - TBC

Thursday 26th October

Dr Gibran Hemani

University of Bristol

Host: Chris Ponting

Title - TBC

Thursday 2nd November

Professor Lynne Regan

Centre for Synthetic & Systems Biology, University of Edinburgh

Host: Joe Marsh

Title - TBC

Thursday 9th November

Professor Matt Maurano

Institute for Systems Genetics, New York University

Host: Wendy Bickmore

Title - TBC

Thursday 16th November

Professor Adrian Bracken

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Host: Gerry Brien

Title - TBC

Thursday 23rd November

Professor Jussi Taipale

Dept of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Host: Hannah Long


Title - TBC

Thursday 11th January

Professor Richard Jenner

UCL Cancer Institute, University College London

Host: Nick Gilbert

Title - TBC

Thursday 18th January

Professor Kenny Baillie

Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh

Host: Simon Biddie

Title - TBC

Thursday 25th January

Professor David Chang

Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, Glasgow

Host: Alan Serrels

Title - TBC

Thursday 1st February

Rory Collins

University of Oxford

Host: Riccardo Marioni

Title - TBC

Thursday 8th February

Professor Alessi Ciulli

Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation, University of Dundee

Host: Andrew Wood

Title -TBC

Thursday 29th February

Davide Risso

University of Padova, Italy

Host: Catalina Vallejos

Title - TBC

Thursday 14th March

Oscar Llorca

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Madrid

Host: Javier Caceres

Title - TBC

Thursday 21st March

Professor Nicky Whiffin

Big Data Institute and the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford

Host: Joe March

Title - TBC

Thursday 28th March

Serena Nik-Zainal

University of Cambridge

Host: Tim Aitman

Title - TBC

Thursday 18th April

Professor Christopher Vakoc

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Host: Gerry Brien

Title - TBC

Thursday 25th April

Professor Yang Shi

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford

Host: Gerry Brien

Title - TBC

Thursday 2nd May

Professor John Van Noort

Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden

Host: Nick Gilbert

Title - TBC

Thursday 16th May

Professor Sara Wickstrom

Max Planck Institute, Munster

Host: Luke Boulter

Title - TBC

Thursday 23rd May

Steve Horvath

Altos Labs, California – moving to Cambridge

Host: Riccardo Marioni

Title - TBC

Thursday 30th May

Professor Alexander Stark

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna BioCenter, Vienna

Host: Wendy Bickmore and Elias Friman

Title - TBC

Thursday 6th June

Dr Chris Tape

UCL Cancer Institute

Host: Kevin Myant

Title - TBC

Thursday 13th June

Dr Itay Tirosh

Weizmann Institute

Host: Martin Taylor

Title - TBC

Thursday 20th June

Dr Benoit Bruneau

Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, UCSF

Host: Pleasantine Mill

Title - TBC

Thursday 27th June

Dr Marta Shahbazi

MRC LMB, Cambridge

Host: Pleasantine Mill

Title - TBC

Thursday 29th August

Daniel Zilberman

Institute of Science and Technology Austria 

Host: Duncan Sproul

Title - TBC

Thursday 5th September

Ana Banito

German Cancer Research Centre

Host: Nezha Benabdallah

Title - TBC

Thursday 14th November

Professor Ivan Dikic

Institute of Biochemistry II, Goethe University Medical Faculty, Frankfurt

Host: Professor Simon Wilkinson