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Ottoline Leyser

Ottoline Leyser

Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS

Fellow


Elected: 2007

Contact:

Twitter@OttolineLeyser

wwwhttp://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/directory/leyser-ottoline

ORCID0000-0003-2161-3829

Biography

Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Her research uses the control of shoot branching in Arabidopsis

She has a long-term interest in inclusiveness and engagement in science. This includes ongoing work on understanding research culture, which started with a project she chaired for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She is actively engaged in science policy. For example, she currently chairs the Royal Society’s Science Policy Expert Advisory Committee and serves on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

In 2017 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Developmental biology

Keywords

Plant growth and development, Plant hormones, Plant genetics

Awards

  • Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

    Used her award to publish a book of the time lines of 64 female scientists entitled 'Mothers in Science: 64 ways to have it all'.

  • Rutherford Memorial Lecture

    Thinking like a vegetable: how plants decide what to do

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