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Ronald Laskey

Ronald Laskey

Professor Ronald Laskey CBE FMedSci FRS


Elected: 1984


Ronald Laskey is a cell biologist whose work on DNA replication has been extremely influential in the study of cancer. He has also made important contributions to the study of protein transport within the nucleus, thereby greatly improving our understanding of the cell life cycle.

Ronald’s work on DNA synthesis has led to the discovery of certain proteins that are more prevalent in cancer cells than in their healthy counterparts. Improved screening techniques that build on this research are currently under development and could allow for the diagnosis of many different cancers at an early stage in their growth.

Ronald’s pioneering contributions to the field of cancer research have been recognised by numerous awards, including the 2014 Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Prize. One of the founders of the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, he was awarded a CBE in 2011 for his services to science.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Cellular pathology
  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Cell biology (incl molecular cell biology)


  • Croonian Medal and Lecture

    On 'Hunting the antisocial cancer cell'.

  • Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

    No citation available for this award.

  • Royal Medals

    For his pivotal contributions to our understanding of the control of DNA replication and nuclear protein transport, which has led to a novel screening method for cancer diagnosis.

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