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Professor Melanie Welham

BBSRC Executive Chair and Visiting Professor at the University of Bath

Professor Melanie Welham

Professor Melanie Welham is the Executive Chair of BBSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Melanie was previously the interim Chief Executive of BBSRC and has been Executive Director, Science, at BBSRC, a role she held since joining the Council from the University of Bath in October 2012. At the University of Bath Melanie was Professor of Molecular Signalling and was the first woman to be appointed a professor in her department. She currently holds a visiting appointment at Bath.

Melanie obtained her first degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London before undertaking a PhD at UCL. After 6-years as a post-doc in Vancouver, Canada, Melanie was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Bath. In 2003 she was awarded a BBSRC Research Development Fellowship, which enabled her to develop and pursue new research, seeking to understand the fundamental mechanisms controlling the behaviour of embryonic stem cells.

Melanie has a well-developed understanding of the requirements and demands of delivering BBSRC research and the interface between the Council and the wider research and innovation community. For more than four years she served on BBSRC peer review committees, including periods as either chair or co-chair. Melanie also served on the advisory committee for the UK National Stem Cell Network from 2009-11.