News Archive


Whitehead Institute Mourns the Death of Angelika Amon

October 30, 2020

Angelika Amon, one of the world’s most respected biomedical researchers and a colleague and mentor to many Whitehead Institute investigators and trainees, died Oct. 29. 

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AudioHelicase Podcast: Silvi Rouskin on solving the structure of the coronavirus genome

October 13, 2020

In this episode of AudioHelicase Podcast, Whitehead Fellow Silvi Rouskin discusses her research on solving the structure of the novel coronavirus's RNA genome, with the goal of revealing weak points in the virus’s gene regulation that new drugs could potentially target.

Whitehead Institute Adds Oncologist/Former Astronaut and Head of MIT’s Investment Management Company to its Board of Directors

October 8, 2020

The Whitehead Institute Board of Directors has elected two new, accomplished members for six-year terms: Robert L. Satcher, a surgeon and researcher who journeyed to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis; and Seth Alexander, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Investment Management Company.

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Video: Fall 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

October 5, 2020

In this video, learn about new findings from Whitehead Institute researchers including a potential way to make cancer drugs more effective, how malaria-causing parasites could become less susceptible to an essential drug, and how regenerating flatworms rewire their eyes to their brains. 

Type 1 diabetes from a beta cell’s perspective

September 24, 2020

A new experimental system shows how insulin-producing beta cells react under autoimmune attack during type 1 diabetes; the results could lead to better treatments

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These genes help explain how malaria parasites survive treatment with common drug

September 23, 2020

Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s CRISPR screen technique reveals factors in parasites’ susceptibility to antibiotics

Bringing new energy to mitochondria research

September 16, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers may have identified the long-sought after transport molecule for NAD, a molecule used to produce the energy that powers our cells.

COVID-19 scientific leaders share expertise in new MIT class

September 8, 2020

A new MIT course on the Covid-19 pandemic, available to the public online, brings together top Covid-19 experts to educate students on up-to-date pandemic science.

A lab away from lab: Virtual summer program lets students do science at home

August 25, 2020

Whitehead Institute’s science program for middle schoolers, Expedition: Bio, took place online this year but still managed to give students lots of hands-on science experience.

Bridging research and medicine: Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists

August 12, 2020

Whitehead Institute’s physician-scientists, researchers who also practice medicine, use their unusual position to act as conduits between lab and clinic.

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AudioHelicase Podcast: Olivia Corradin on a New Way to Probe Disease Genetics

August 3, 2020

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin talks about investigating the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis, running a lab during the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluating scientific information in a time of uncertainty.


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