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Professor Helen Sang is made OBE in New Year Honours list

Personal Chair of Vertebrate Molecular Development is made OBE in the New Year's honours list.

Professor Helen Sang
Professor Helen Sang

Professor Helen Sang, Personal Chair of Vertebrate Molecular Development at the Roslin Institute, has received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Her honour is for services to food security and bioscience for health.

Professor Sang received a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics, from the University of Cambridge. She followed this with a PhD, also at Cambridge, studying the mechanism of genetic recombination with Dr. H.L.K. Whitehouse. Professor Sang was then awarded a SERC-NATO fellowship to investigate the mechanisms of mismatch repair in E. coli at Harvard University with Prof. M. Meselson.

She returned to the UK on an MRC Training Fellowship and joined David Finnegan’s lab at the University of Edinburgh’s department of Molecular Biology, where she was involved in identifying the transposon responsible for IR hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila. Professor Sang was then appointed as a Principal Investigator at the AFRC Poultry Research Centre, now the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh. Professor Helen Sang was appointed Personal Chair in Vertebrate Molecular Development in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. 

Professor Sang said "I am really pleased to be recognised for my contributions to bioscience research. The UK is world-leading in bioscience research and the work of UKRI-BBSRC and the many people from Universities and industry who support it are key to this success."

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