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New Year's Honours 2017

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Members of the bioscience community, including current and former BBSRC grant holders, panellists, and institute researchers are among those recognised in the New Year's Honours list 2017.

The New Year's Honours recognise individuals for their service to the United Kingdom.

“Today we applaud the members of our research and innovation community who have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list. These honours acknowledge the commitment they have made to science, innovation and discovery in the bioscience field. I offer my sincere congratulations to each recipient and look forward to another year of inspiring work,” said Professor Melanie Welham, Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

  • Professor Susan Rhind – Professor and Chair of Veterinary Education, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. For services to Veterinary Education
  • Professor Anne Willis – Director, MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester. For services to Biomedical Science and Promoting the Careers of Women in Science. Anne held a BBSRC professorial fellowship and has served on a number of BBSRC panels

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Professor Ottoline Leyser, CBE, FRS – Director The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge. For services to Plant Science, Science in Society and Equality and Diversity in Science. Ottoline has served on many BBSRC panels and committees advancing plant science and training


  • Professor Shankar Balasubramanian – Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Cambridge. He was also named 2010 BBSRC Innovator of the Year in recognition of his co-invention of Solexa sequencing – the high speed genome sequencing technology that is revolutionising bioscience
  • Dr Jim Smith FRS – Director of Science, Wellcome Trust. For services to Medical Research and Science Education

For a full list of 2017's New Year's Honours visit:



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