Elizabeth Robertson

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Elizabeth Robertson
Alma mater University of Oxford and University of Cambridge
Awards FRS
Royal Medal
Scientific career
Institutions Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
Doctoral advisor Sir Martin Evans

Elizabeth Jane Robertson FRS is a British scientist based at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.[1] She is Professor of Developmental Biology[2] and a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow.[3] She is best known for her pioneering work in developmental genetics, having demonstrated how genetic mutations could be introduced into the mouse germ line through genetically altered embryonic stem cells.[4]


Robertson earned her BSc and MSc from the University of Oxford.[5]

She received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1982 under the supervision of Martin Evans.[6][7] She stayed on at the University of Cambridge for her post-doctoral fellowship and continued to work there as a research assistant following the completion of her fellowship.[8] She was a professor first at Columbia University and then Harvard University before moving to the University of Oxford.[8]

Robertson currently serves as an editor of the journal Development.[9] She serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Biology,[10] Current Opinion in Genetics & Development,[11] and Developmental Cell.[12]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2016: Royal Medal "for her innovative work within the field of mouse embryology and development, establishing the pathways involved in early body planning of the mammalian embryo."[13]
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, since 2003[14]
  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) since 2002[15]
  • Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow[16]
  • Chair of the British Society for Developmental Biology[17]
  • Winner of the 2008 Edwin G. Conklin Medal (The Society of Developmental Biology)[8]
  • Fellow at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 1990–1995[8]
  • Chair of General Motors Cancer Research Foundation[18]
  • Sloan Prize Committee[18]
  • Member of General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Assembly[18]
  • Associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization[18]
  • 2011 Member of Academia Europaea[18]
  • 2009 Waddington Medal[18]
  • 2007 Rockefeller University's Pearl Meister Greengard Prize[18]
  • 1992 The American Association for Cancer Research: Cornelius P Rhoads Award[18]
  • 1990–1995 Stohlman Scholar for the Leukemia Society of America[18]
  • 1990 Irma T Hirschl Career Development Award[18]
  • 1989 March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award [18]