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Slide of red blood cells

Mystery solved: how thyroid hormone prods red blood cell production

September 5, 2017

For more than a century, the link between thyroid hormone and red blood cell production has remained elusive. Now, Whitehead scientists have teased about the mechanism that connects them, which could help scientists identify new therapies for specific types of anemia.

Landon Clay, Lavinia Clay, and Charles Ellis in front of portrait of Edwin C. "Jack" Whitehead

In Memoriam: Landon T. Clay

July 31, 2017

The Whitehead Institute community has lost Landon Clay, a true friend and an avid supporter of the Institute’s scientific mission and research. 

Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Whitehead Member David Sabatini awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine

July 20, 2017

The prize recognizes “an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine”.

Diagram of how the control of the translation of mRNAs into proteins shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo

Elegant switch controls translation in transition from egg to embryo

June 14, 2017

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have used fruit flies to decipher how one aspect—control of the translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins—shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo.  This type of switch could tell scientists more about how human cells work and embryos develop.

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng's graduate student, Olesya Levsh, outlines her journey to Whitehead

Video of 2017 Whitehead Symposium: Plant Chemodiversity and New Nature-Inspired Medicine

June 13, 2017

In this video, Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng's graduate student, Olesya Levsh, outlines her journey to Whitehead, which personified a commitment that is at the very heart of our mission: guiding and nurturing the next generation of scientists. Weng also described how he uses a muliple "-omics" platforms -- genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, and more -- to learn about the medicinal components found in some plants.

Video of 2017 Whitehead Symposium: Beyond the Gene: Epigenetic Control of Plant Development

June 13, 2017

Whitehead Institute Symposium, "Harnessing the Untapped Power of Plants for Human Health", allowed two leaders in plant biology, Whitehead Members Mary Gehring and Jing-Ke Weng, to provide a window into their research and to describe how plants are a major gateway to the future of biomedicine and biotechnology. In this video, Gehring discusses "Beyond the Gene: Epigenetic Control of Plant Development", which describes mechanisms that control gene expression without altering the DNA's sequence.

Whitehead Founding Member Harvey Lodish

Video of 2017 Whitehead Symposium: A Personal History of Whitehead Institute

June 13, 2017

Whitehead Institute Symposium, "Harnessing the Untapped Power of Plants for Human Health", allowed two leaders in plant biology, Whitehead Members Mary Gehring and Jing-Ke Weng, to provide a window into their research and to describe how plants are a major gateway to the future of biomedicine and biotechnology. In this video, Whitehead Founding Member Harvey Lodish presents "A Personal History of Whitehead Institute".

David C. Page, Director, Whitehead Institute

Video of 2017 Whitehead Symposium: Welcome and State of the Institute

June 13, 2017

Welcome and State of the Institute by David C. Page, Director, Whitehead Institute, at the 2017 Whitehead Symposium

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng

Whitehead Member Jing-Ke Weng receives research grant from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation to examine herbs thought to boost mothers’ milk supply

June 8, 2017

Project will investigate the effectiveness and toxicity of four herbs widely used by breastfeeding women worldwide to promote human milk production

Rohgerry Deshycka, Harvey Lodish, Nova Pishesha

Undergraduate in Lodish lab doubly awarded for “outstanding” research

May 25, 2017

Rhogerry “Gerry” Deshycka, a graduating senior working in the lab of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish, has received one of MIT’s two Randolph G. Wei Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards for 2017 and MIT’s 2017 John L. Asinari Award

Growth medium based on human plasma rewires cell metabolism

April 6, 2017

Cultured human cells are the foundation for disease and drug research. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have designed a growth medium that more closely resembles the cells’ environment in the body—and demonstrated that, relative to decades-old recipes that have remained the workhorses of cell culture studies, it significantly alters the cells’ inner workings.

Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Whitehead Member David Sabatini awarded Foundation for the NIH Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

April 4, 2017

Prize bestowed for discovery of the mTOR pathway’s impact on age-related diseases

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