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Helen Sang appointed to BBSRC Council

Professor Helen Sang of The Roslin Institute has been announced as one of five new members appointed to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts.

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The new members are:

  • Doctor Neil Brewis
  • Professor Richard Cogdell
  • Professor Margaret Dallman
  • Professor Judith Petts
  • Professor Helen Sang

The appointments are with affect from 1 April 2014 and will run until 31 March 2018.


I am pleased to  welcome the new members to BBSRC Council during its 20th anniversary. As  we look back on our achievements over the last two decades, it is clear  that our new and reappointed council members have played an important  role in shaping the UK's world-leading bioscience landscape. I am  delighted that their academic and commercial expertise will help to  further enhance BBSRC's capabilities in the coming years.

Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRSBBSRC Chair

 Professor Helen Sang is Personal Chair in Vertebrate Molecular Development at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Helen's main research focus at The Roslin Institute is the development  of technologies for genetic modification of the chicken. These  technologies have been applied in several areas of research and are being applied to studies using the chick as a model for vertebrate  development.

Having developed genetic modification of the chicken, particularly in  regards to generating chickens resistant to bird flu, Helen has been  involved in many public engagement activities, working with the Science  Media Centre and engaging with the public at various festivals and  events.

Helen has been a member of the BBSRC Bioscience for Industry Panel for  the last three years, was previously a member of response mode grants  committees and the former Studentships and Fellowships Committee, and  has spent eight years on the Executive Committee of the UK Genetics  Society.

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