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Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, DBE

Director of Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

Ottoline received her BA in 1986 and her PhD in 1990 in Genetics from the University of Cambridge. After post-doctoral research at Indiana University and Cambridge, she took up a lectureship at the University of York, where she worked from 1994-2010.

Among her honours are the Society for Experimental Biology’s President’s Medal (2000), The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award (2007), the International Plant Growth Substance Association’s Silver Medal (2010), the UK Genetics Society Medal (2016) and the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award (2017).

She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours list. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and the Leopoldina. She is Chair of the British Society for Developmental Biology, and of The Royal Society’s Science Policy Advisory Group. She currently serves on the Council for Science and Technology. She is Co-Editor in Chief of Current Opinions in Plant Biology and a Fellow of Clare College.