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Bridget Ogilvie

Dame Bridget Ogilvie AC DBE FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2003


Bridget Ogilvie is a parasitologist whose research has examined the body’s immune response to parasitic worms. Alongside her research, she has played an active role in both promoting public engagement with science, and in scientific leadership — most notably during her term as the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Amongst her significant accomplishments are the establishment of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a centre for genetics and genomics research, and her roles on the boards of varied scientific organisations, including Autistica, Cancer Research UK and Sense About Science.

Bridget has received many accolades in recognition of her work, including the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Award of the Foundation for Science and Technology in 1995. She was elected as a Fellow of both the Academy of Medical Sciences, in 1998, and the Australian Academy of Science, in 2008. She has also been named both a DBE and a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Professional positions

Chair of Research Advisory Committees, University of Wollongong
Deputy Chair, Sense About Science
Council Member, St George's House Trust, Windsor Castle

Interests and expertise