News Archive


This molecule helps sweet-toothed protein complex sense sugar

July 29, 2020

A new study identifies a key step involved in the breakdown of glucose that allows the mTORC1 complex to sense sugar in its environment, leading to a metabolic response in the cell

A Message to the Whitehead Institute Community from Director Ruth Lehmann

July 27, 2020

Lehmann provides updated COVID-19 guidelines and offers her heartfelt thanks to the community for their cooperation.

Proteins — and labs — coming together to prevent Rett syndrome

July 22, 2020

New discoveries about the disruption of condensates in the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome provide insights into how cells compartmentalize chromosomes as well as new potential paths for therapies.

Leading in times of change & challenge

July 21, 2020

A Q&A with Whitehead Institute’s new director & board chair

Ankur Jain and Pulin Li Appointed to Prestigious Chairs

July 13, 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provost Martin A. Schmidt has announced that two Whitehead Institute Members -- Ankur Jain and Pulin Li -- have been appointed to MIT career development professorships.

Parasite research heats up

July 5, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers have used thermal profiling to match a potential antiparasitic drug to its target in Toxoplasma gondii, providing insight into the parasite’s calcium signaling pathways that could help in the development of therapeutics to treat infection.

Head and shoulders photo of José Orozco with the BioGenesis logo

Biogenesis Podcast: José Orozco of the Sabatini lab on finding his own way to help patients

July 2, 2020

In our forth and final episode of Season 2, we hear how José Orozco, an MD-PhD student in the Sabatini lab, seeks to make a difference in patients' lives by tackling big mysteries about how our cells work, and how their dysfunction leads to disease. 

Whitehead Institute Welcomes Ruth Lehmann as its Fifth Director

July 1, 2020

Whitehead Institute is delighted to welcome world-renowned developmental and cell biologist Ruth Lehmann to Whitehead Institute as its new director.  Here is a version of the letter she shared with the Institute earlier today. To read more about her research and leadership prior to coming to Whitehead Institute, please visit her page here. 

Two Whitehead Institute Members Named to Endowed Professorships

June 26, 2020

Mary Gehring and Iain Cheeseman are recipients of named chairs 

These muscle cells are guideposts to help regenerative flatworms grow back their eyes

June 25, 2020

A new study from Peter Reddien's Lab at Whitehead Institute is a step forward in understanding how neural circuits could be regenerated in adults


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