Scientific Seminars

Below is a list of upcoming seminars at the LMB aimed at a general scientific audience and open to individuals throughout Cambridge. If you are not at the LMB and wish to attend a seminar, please contact the seminar secretary.

The LMB hosts ‘The LMB Seminar Series’, where 1-2 leading scientists per month are invited to speak throughout the year. Four of these lectures are named in honour of LMB Nobel Laureates Max Perutz, Francis Crick, César Milstein and John Kendrew, given by eminent scientists from around the world. The LMB Seminar talks and LMB Named Seminar talks are advertised widely throughout the local area and are open to all.

2018 LMB Seminar Series speakers (click to expand)

  • Titia de Lange Rockefeller – 11am, 23rd May
  • Michael Hall – 4pm, 29th May
  • Paola Picotti – 4pm, 14th June
  • Steve Harrison – 4pm, 28th June
  • Bart De Strooper – 11am, 10th July
  • Yoshinori Fujiyoshi – 4pm, 13th September
  • Jordan Raff – 4pm, 20th September
  • Gero Miesenböck – 11am, 24th October, Crick Lecture
  • Sarah Teichmann – 11am, 15th November
  • Eric Gouaux – 4pm, 29th November, Perutz Lecture
  • Martin Beck – 11am, 3rd December


A full list of LMB Named Lectures to date can be found here.

Details of other local seminars can be found here

  • LMB Seminar Series - mTOR signaling and cancer: basic science meets translational research

    Speaker: Michael Hall, Biozentrum, University of Basel
    Host: KJ Patel
    Date: 29/05/2018 at 4:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

    Further information

    Cancer is a major health problem due to the failure of current therapies to effectively eradicate the disease. Extensive research over decades has led to the development of therapies that target cancer-specific signaling pathways. However, tumors escape such therapies by activating compensatory signaling pathways, a process referred to as 'evasive resistance'. The identities of the alternative signaling pathways and the functional interconnections that underlie evasive resistance remain widely unknown. We integrate clinical, molecular, and computational sciences to understand the signaling defects that enable tumors to evade therapy. Within the framework of rigorously designed clinical studies, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue is isolated before therapy, during treatment, or at the time of tumor progression. The tumor tissue is obtained by needle biopsy and immediately snap frozen to preserve in vivo tumor properties. High- and low-throughput experimental and computational methods are then applied to determine the underlying signaling defects. This endeavor will elucidate mechanisms of evasive resistance and may ultimately improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and clinical outcome. Recent progress in this ambitious project and a related study with an mTOR-driven mouse model for HCC will be described.

  • Regulation of natural killer cell responses in the tumor microenvironment

    Speaker: Andreas Lundqvist, Karolinska Institute
    Host: Immunology and Medicine Seminar
    Date: 01/06/2018 at 1:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • Cambridge AWiSE lunchtime careers meeting

    Speaker: Dr Amanda Price, Senior Research Associate at Astex Pharmaceuticals; Dr Yanlan Mao, MRC LMCB Group Leader; Dr Tanita Casci, Head of Research Policy at University of Glasgow
    Host: Christine Barrie
    Date: 13/06/2018 at 12:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

    Further information

    Are you wondering how best to utilise your scientific skills? Are you planning your next step in academia or considering pursuing a career away from the bench? Would you like more information about different scientific careers from a diverse range of speakers?

    The annual LMB CamAWiSE careers event is open to all.

    Every year, we invite three speakers from different scientific sectors to share their experiences:

    Dr Amanda Price – Senior Research Associate at Astex Pharmaceuticals
    Following her PhD in Leo James’ group at the LMB, Amanda was awarded a Research Fellowship from Emmanuel College enabling her to continue her research into HIV structural biology. She then decided to move into industry, joining Astex Pharmaceuticals in 2015.

    Dr Yanlan Mao MRC LMCB Group Leader
    Yanlan did her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (2001-2004) and her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (2004-2008) followed by a postdoc at CRUK London Research Institute (2009-2013). She started her own research group at UCL’s MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology in 2013. Her research focuses on understanding how tissues achieve their correct size, shape and complex three dimensional architecture, both during normal development and during regenerative growth. Her team uses an interdisciplinary approach combining Drosophila genetics, live imaging, automated image analysis, experimental biophysics, engineering and computational modeling to understand the importance of mechanical forces in controlling tissue growth and regeneration, and how these forces in turn influence gene expression and signaling pathways.

    Dr Tanita Casci - Head of Research Policy at University of Glasgow
    After obtaining a PhD in Genetics from the LMB in Cambridge in 2000, Tanita switched to academic publishing and joined a small editorial team in London that launched Nature Reviews Genetics. During her 12 years as commissioning editor of the journal, genetics quickly developed into the data-rich field that we know now. In 2012 she led the establishment of a big-data research facility at the University of Glasgow (Glasgow Polyomics). This fed a growing interest in the analysis of biological big-data, and expanded her knowledge of genomics to include proteins and small molecules. In 2014, she joined the Research Strategy and Innovation Office at the University, overseeing research policies and strategies across all disciplinary areas – from STEM and beyond – with responsibility for areas such as researcher recruitment and development, impact, research communications, and good research practice.
    Tanita works in close in partnership with the Vice Principal for Research and with the Colleges to deliver the institutional research strategy. Her role is to shape policies that help research and researchers at Glasgow to be the best they can be, taking into account the ambitions of the University, and influenced by the external higher-education, funder and policy environment. The boundaries are very wide – if it involves research then somehow she will be involved!
    A theme of Tanita's career has been an interest in how research is done, how researchers develop, and how research practices evolve. She is interested in the rapid changes that are happening in scientific publishing, particularly how the open sharing of data benefits progress in science and accelerates the application of research findings.

    The talks will be followed by drinks and a buffet lunch outside the lecture theatre, which will provide a great opportunity for networking and gaining advice about making that next step!

  • LMB Seminar Series - Title to follow

    Speaker: Paola Picotti, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology
    Host: Liz Miller
    Date: 14/06/2018 at 4:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • LMB Seminar Series- Title to follow

    Speaker: Steve Harrison
    Host: Yorgo Modis
    Date: 28/06/2018 at 4:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • LMB Seminar Series - Title to follow

    Speaker: Jordan Raff
    Host: Simon Bullock and David Barford
    Date: 20/09/2018 at 4:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • Next Generation Biophysics

    Host: Stephen McLaughlin
    Date: 03/10/2018 at 9:00am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • Cambridge 3Rs seminar series: Autumn 2018 meeting

    Speaker: Frank Uhimann, Francis Crick Institute
    Host: Martin Taylor (Yeeles Lab, LMB)
    Date: 04/10/2018 at 5:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

    Further information

    External speaker: Frank Uhimann, Francis Crick Institute, London

  • LMB Seminar Series - Title to follow

    Speaker: Sarah Teichmann
    Host: Madan Babu
    Date: 15/11/2018 at 11:00am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.

  • Perutz Lecture- Title to follow

    Speaker: Eric Gouaux
    Host: Chris Tate
    Date: 29/11/2018 at 4:00pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, LMB.