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Jonathan Weissman stands smiling in a laboratory.

Pioneering Researcher Jonathan Weissman Joins Whitehead Institute

March 9, 2020

Globally respected cell biologist Jonathan Weissman has become the Institute’s newest Member and will be the inaugural Landon T. Clay Professor of Biology at Whitehead Institute.

Letter from Whitehead Institute Director David Page regarding COVID-19, 3/7

March 9, 2020

An increasing number of cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the US, and locations of global spread continue to change. Although the immediate risk posed to our community remains low at present, Whitehead Institute is implementing the policies listed below effective March 7, 2020 through at least May 15. 

Lodish stands smiling in his office.

Founding Member Harvey Lodish Receives the Donald Metcalf Award for Research on Red Blood Cells

March 5, 2020

This  highest award of the International Society for Experimental Hematology honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to basic science in the fields of hematology, immunology, stem cell research, and cell and gene therapy. 

Chimeras offer a new way to study childhood cancers in mice

March 4, 2020

By seeding mouse nervous systems with human cells, researchers have created a system to model human neuroblastoma tumors. 

Whitehead Institute in the running for STAT Madness

March 2, 2020

Research on sex differences goes head to head with other discoveries in March Madness-style bracket.

Bat stars in a dish

Multimedia Feature: Unusual labmates: Biology all-stars

February 24, 2020

It's Halloween all year long when you study bat stars. Discover how Whitehead researchers use these brightly-colored creatures to investigate the mysteries of cell division.

To be long-lived or short-lived?

February 20, 2020

Whitehead team offers sweeping view of messenger RNA stability and degradation across thousands of genes

Whitehead Member Pulin Li

AudioHelicase Podcast: Pulin Li on Creating Multicellular Patterns in a Petri Dish

February 11, 2020

Whitehead Institute Member Pulin Li talks about how her lab engineers cells in Petri dishes to communicate with each other and form patterns, recreating processes seen in embryodevelopment—and how this work could eventually inform efforts to grow tissues in the lab.

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini Receives the 2020 Sjöberg Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

February 4, 2020

The award recognizes Sabatini’s pathbreaking work on mTOR and cancer metabolism

Photo of Whitehead Institute member Gerald Fink

Gerald Fink is Awarded the Genetic Society of America’s Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

January 29, 2020

In honoring him with the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, GSA is recognizing Fink’s discovery of principles central to genome organization and regulation in eukaryotic cells.

Video: Winter 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

January 28, 2020

In this video, learn about new findings by researchers in the Young, Sabatini, Page, Weng, Jaenisch, and Bartel labs.

A Toxoplasma cyst isolated from a mouse brain. The cyst wall is stained green and the parasites are stained magenta.

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

January 16, 2020

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.


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