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Stem Cell Researcher Yukiko Yamashita Joins Whitehead Institute

June 4, 2020

The internationally renowned developmental biologist will be the inaugural incumbent of the Susan Lindquist Chair for Women in Science at Whitehead Institute.

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Graduate student Kristina Lopez receives Ford Foundation Fellowship

June 1, 2020

The award aims to encourage diversity in college and university faculties by supporting graduate students

Cellular players get their moment in the limelight

May 28, 2020

Whitehead Institute researchers have expanded their set of tools for investigating individual organelles, providing a new level of accuracy and detail to the study of cell metabolism.


May 20, 2020

Plus three new directors are announced: Susan Hockfield, Dennis Langer, and Churchill Franklin

Where there's a will, there might need to be a new scientific way

May 20, 2020

When Whitehead Institute researchers don’t have the tools to answer their questions, they build them.

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Whitehead Fellow Kipp Weiskopf awarded grant to investigate treatments for COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Weiskopf will be studying how existing FDA-approved drugs could be repurposed to reduce the severity and mortality of the disease.

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Multimedia Feature: Pollen Research Inspires Art

May 11, 2020

Research scientist Fu-shuang Li collects plant specimens for his research on pollen — and uses the extra specimens to create pollen and flower art. 

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HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

May 6, 2020

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence

Making medicine runs in the family

May 5, 2020

A family of enzymes in plants plays an important role in the production of many medicines. Whitehead Institute researchers discovered how the enzymes in this family diversified to produce so many different molecules, and demonstrated how this knowledge could be used to engineer novel plant-based medicines.

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Beyond the Lab Bench: A Look at the Traditions That Make Whitehead Institute Unique

April 30, 2020

On the 4th floor of Whitehead Institute, scientists have found a unique way to cope with the rainy period of early spring — a competition where teams of eight try to exercise the most minutes. And it has helped a sizable part of the Whitehead community cope with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How labs are weathering the lockdown

April 27, 2020

Labs are off-limits for most during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what Whitehead Institute scientists are doing to advance basic research, share their knowledge, and keep up morale in unprecedented times.

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From bedside to bench, and back again

April 22, 2020

A mysterious case in the clinic led Whitehead Institute researchers to discover a new genetic lung condition


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