Jean Beggs

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Jean Duthie Beggs CBE FRS (born 16 April 1950) is a British geneticist. She is the Royal Society Darwin Trust Professor in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh.[1]

She gained a BSc and PhD at Glasgow University, and from 1974-77 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.[2] Her research interests are in RNA splicing.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998[4] and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[5]

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".[6]

She received a CBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to science.[7]

She was the Royal Society of Edinburgh Vice President for Life Sciences 2009 til 2012

In 2016 she was awarded an honorary DSc by the University of St Andrews. [8]

Personal life[edit]

She was born Jean Duthie Lancaster to William and Jean (née Duthie) Lancaster and married Ian Beggs in 1972. They have two sons.


  1. ^ "Jean Beggs profile". EURASNET. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth (30 November 2001). The International Who's Who of Women 2002. ISBN 978-1-85743-122-3. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jean Beggs". Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660–2007". London: The Royal Society. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Professor Jean Beggs elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh". School of Biological Sciences. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Royal Society of London". CIRS. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Professor Jean Beggs FRS". Manchester: University og Manchester. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^,562751,en.php

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