About ‘Pieta’

The father of tumor immunology, George Klein, named his compelling (1994) book of reflections ‘Pieta’. “If George Klein had been born in England or the United states, he would likely today be a household name” (1)

Pietà (Italian). The Vatican Pieta (1498-1500): Michelangelo’s most famous sculpture. His Florentine Pieta (c. 1550) is a new look at the same subject, while a third, the Rondanini Pieta (1550-1564) was unfinished. An underlying theme of Pieta Research is – a fresh look.

Greek, Pi-Eta, ph.

(1) From: Science and Art, In Extremis: The Writings of George Klein, by Howard Gardner and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Boston Book Review, 2000.

Director Profile


Richard Lathe graduated BSc (Molecular Biology) from the University of Edinburgh, studying under Bill Hayes and Martin Pollock. This was followed by Docteur es Sciences under Rene Thomas at the University of Brussels (Ciba-Geigy Fellowship).

His postdoctoral studies were with Ekkehard Bautz at Heidelberg (EMBO), and Michael Ashburner at Cambridge (SERC). He was subsequently appointed Deputy Scientific Director at Transgene, Strasbourg, France (Biotech industry) and then Head of Molecular Biology at ARC ABRO, Edinburgh. Returning to Strasbourg to work with Pierre Chambon he was for several years titular Professor and Director of the Biotechnology School at the University of Strasbourg.

For more than 10 years he was Professor and Chairman of the Centre for Genome Research at the University of Edinburgh. Other positions have included Permanent Advisor, GLSV Munich, Germany (Venture Capital for science start-up) and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Honorary Fellow and Professor
University of Edinburgh
Division of Pathway Medicine
Little France
Edinburgh UK

Link = https://www.ed.ac.uk/infection-medicine/our-staff/associate-members/professor-richard-lathe

Academic Associate
Institute of BioOrganic Chemistry