Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith FRS

Anne Ferguson-Smith is the Arthur Balfour Professor of Genetics and Head of the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge. She obtained a BSc in Molecular Biology at the University of Glasgow then a PhD in Biology at Yale University. From 1989, she conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Azim Surani, first at the Babraham Institute and then at the Wellcome/CRUK Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology, now the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge. She was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1994 and became Professor of Developmental Genetics in 2008 in the Department of Physiology Development and Neuroscience. She took up her position in the Department of Genetics in 2013. Anne’s research has focused on the epigenetic control of genome function and on epigenetic inheritance. In particular, her work on parent-of-origin effects and the function and regulation of genomic imprinting has contributed to our understanding of mammalian epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease. Her team continues to study the regulation and consequences of genomic imprinting. More recently, her work has focused on epigenetic inheritance in a wider context including on the role of repetitive elements in the epigenetic modulation of genome function within and across generations, and on the influence of the parental environment on the transmission of phenotypic traits to offspring. Anne serves on several national and international panels and is committed to the mentorship of career investigators, especially women. She was elected a member of EMBO in 2006, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017.

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Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge, CB2 3EH
Email: afsmith@gen.cam.ac.uk