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A new podcast from MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute explores the experiences that led affiliated graduate students to pursue research careers

Still image from video: Like Pearls on a String

Learn how Institute Member Richard Young’s lab is transforming our model of gene regulation by uncovering the role of droplets of transcription machinery in activating genes. 

Nymphaea thermarum

Experience a multimedia story about Nymphaea thermarum, including how the extinct-in-the-wild plant ended up at Whitehead Institute and what researchers hope to learn from investigating its biology

Toxoplasma gondii parasite clusters in a host cell

Whitehead Institute researchers unravel the unique biology of apicomplexans — the parasites responsible for malaria, toxoplasmosis, and other diseases impacting global health

Whitehead Institute Member Ankur Jain

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Ankur Jain discusses how RNA can clump in cells and the diseases, such as Huntington's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that are associated with these aggregations.

Postdoc Alessandra Dall'Agnese conducts research in Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

A medley of Whitehead Institute scientists' research updates from Winter 2019. In this video, catch up on discoveries by the labs of Institute Members Jing-Ke Weng, Richard Young, and David Sabatini.

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin

Some of the newest and brightest at Whitehead Institute discuss their current research and the future of science.

David Meeker speaks at Whitehead Connects

During this Whitehead Connects presentation, David Meeker discusses innovation and biopharmaceutical pricing. 

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

Postdoctoral researchers Anna Boija and Isaac Klein from Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab identified a new way that transcription factors and co-activators can interact and activate transcription. The activation domain of transcription factors sets up the formation of a liquid droplet on the genome containing key factors involved in regulating transcription.

Richard Foster speaks at Whitehead Connects

Richard Foster discusses "Creative Destruction" at Whitehead Institute. 

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini

Naama Kanarek, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Whitehead Member David Sabatini, explains how new genetic tools are allowing insights into the sensitivity of cancer cells to methotrexate and discusses how research might help address some of the challenges of methotrexate chemotherapy treatment.

Whitehead Founding Member Harvey Lodish

Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish recalls the Institute's formative years and the ground-breaking discoveries produced by its preeminent scientists.

Whitehead Member Iain Cheeseman

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.

Kava plants

Merging the wisdom of traditional global medicine with modern approaches

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring

In this episode of AudioHelicase, Whitehead Institute Member Mary Gehring discusses how her research on the plant Arabidopsis thaliana reveals how gene regulation can be passed from one generation to the next.


From his discovery of the first oncogene and tumor suppressor, to his work revealing critical aspects of the mutational basis of cancer, and more recently its metastatic behavior, Whitehead Founding Member Robert Weinberg’s work has been foundational in our understanding of cancer biology.

Whitehead Institute Director David Page

In October 2017, Whitehead Institute Director David Page presented Sex and Disease: Do males and females read their genomes differently?” at the Simon Center for the Social Brain speakers series. Dr. Page spoke about the comparative genomic and evolutionary studies of the sex chromosomes of humans, other mammals, birds, and reptiles conducted by him and his colleagues.

Whitehead Member Sebastian Lourido discusses his work uncovering how the Toxoplasma parasite causes disease and the importance of understanding parasitic infections such as toxoplasmosis and malaria in the context of global health.

NASA Astronaut and Former Whitehead Fellow Kathleen "Kate" Rubins discusses her journey from studying pox viruses to sequencing DNA in space.

Whitehead's David Sabatini discusses mTOR, a protein connecting metabolism, nutrition, and disease and the current research in his lab investigating the mTOR pathway and its role in cancer, diabetes, and aging.

David C. Page, Director, Whitehead Institute

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

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

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.

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.

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Catch up on the latest discoveries by Whitehead Institute scientists including David Bartel, Sebastian Lourido, Harvey Lodish, Jing-Ke Weng, Peter Reddien, and David Page. 

Fireflies in a field at twilight

As autumn draws near and memories of sticky summer nights lit by twinkling fireflies fade, discover how Whitehead Institute researchers rear these fascinating creatures in the lab and what researchers hope to learn from investigating their biology

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