Jean Duthie Beggs CBE FRS (born 16 April 1950) is a distinguished British geneticist. She is the Royal Society Darwin Trust Professor in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh.
She gained a BSc and PhD at Glasgow University and from 1974 to 1977 did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Biology at Edinburgh University. After two years' research at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, she moved to[clarification needed] Imperial College, University of London, until 1985 and then back to the Department of Molecular Biology at Edinburgh, being appointed Professor of Molecular Biology in 1999. Her research interests are in RNA splicing.
Awards and honours
In 2003 she was awarded the Royal Society's Gabor Medal "for her contributions to the isolation and manipulation of recombinant DNA molecules in a eukaryotic organism, adding a new dimension to molecular and cellular biology".
She received a CBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to science.
She was the Royal Society of Edinburgh Vice President for Life Sciences 2009 til 2012
She was born Jean Duthie Lancaster to William and Jean (née Duthie) Lancaster and married Ian Beggs in 1972. They have two sons.
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