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  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and International Partnerships
Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith

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Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and International Partnerships. She is the Arthur Balfour Professor of Genetics (since 2015). Formerly, she was the University’s Head of the Department of Genetics. She became the President of the Genetics Society in 2021, and is a member of the UKRI BBSRC Council.

Professor Ferguson-Smith is a mammalian developmental geneticist and epigeneticist. An expert on genomic imprinting, her team studies the epigenetic control of genome function with particular emphasis on epigenetic inheritance. 

She was elected to EMBO in 2006, as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences’ in 2012, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017. Professor Ferguson-Smith became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2021 and was appointed to the Research and International Partnerships role in 2022. She is a Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge.