Usher Institute

Sarah Chan - member of Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.

The Usher Institute is delighted that Dr Sarah Chan, Chancellor's Fellow, has been appointed as a member of the RSE's Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).

Photograph of Sarah Chan

One of 53 new members in the fifth cohort to join YAS since its launch in 2011, Sarah will contribute to  YAS's mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. 

Emerging leaders

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) fosters interdisciplinary activities among emerging leaders from the disciplines of science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society.

Established in 2011, it provides a platform for young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

I am pleased to welcome this diverse and accomplished group of new members to the Young Academy of Scotland.

Professor Dame Anne GloverPresident of the Royal Society of Edinburgh


Sarah has a wide interest in the ethics of medical research including stem cells, embryo research and reproductive medicine. Human enhancement, gene therapy and genetic modification, along with animal ethics and research ethics, are also areas of study.

Related links

RSE Young Academy of Scotland

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Sarah Chan's profile