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Professor Wendy Bickmore elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Wendy Bickmore, a colleague from the MRC Institute of Genetic & Molecular Medicine, has been elected to a prestigious fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contributions to science.

She is among 50 distinguished scientists announced as new Fellows of the Royal Society.

The Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth.

More than a quarter of this year’s intake of Fellows are women.

Outstanding contribution

Wendy Bickmore’s work has identified key factors in gene regulation and revealed their function in development and disease. Her approach highlights how using a complete toolkit for modern biology helps answer fundamental questions in mammalian genome function.

Wendy Bickmore - profile

Wendy Bickmore - profile on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Edinburgh Fellows

In total, four Edinburgh academics were elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society:

  • Professor Wendy Bickmore, Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetic & Molecular Medicine
  • Professor Christopher Bishop, Professor of Computer Science, School of Informatics
  • Professor Gabriele Hegerl, Professor of Climate System Science, School of Geosciences
  • Professor Josephine Pemberton, Professor of Molecular Ecology, School of Biological Sciences

Science is a great triumph of human achievement and has contributed hugely to the prosperity and health of our world. The new Fellows of the Royal Society have already contributed much to science and it gives me great pleasure to welcome them into our ranks.

Venki RamakrishnanPresident of the Royal Society


The MRC Institute of Genetic & Molecular Medicine (IGMM) and the Usher Institute both sit within the Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences at the Edinburgh Medical School. Colleagues frequently collaborate on grants and research projects.

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