Ottoline Leyser

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Ottoline Leyser
Born Henrietta Miriam Ottoline Leyser
(1965-03-07) 7 March 1965 (age 50)
Fields Plant Developmental Biology[1]
Alma mater University of Cambridge[2]
Thesis An analysis of fasciated mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana and the role of cytokinin in this phenotype (1990)
Known for GARNet: Genomic Arabidopsis Resource Network[3]
Notable awards
Spouse Stephen John Day (m. 1986)[2]
Children one son, one daughter[2]

(Henrietta Miriam) Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS (born 7 March 1965[2]) is a British plant biologist and Professor of Plant Development at the University of Cambridge and director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge.[1][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


Leyser was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 and a PhD in Genetics[12] in 1990 from the same University for research supervised by Ian Furner.[13]


Leyser's research interests are in the genetics of plant development and the interaction of plant hormones with the environment.

Awards and honours[edit]

Leyser was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2007. Her nomination reads:

Leyser is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2007,[14] and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[15] She is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and was a member of the Council’s Working Party on Biofuels (2009-2011).[16] She was elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Leyser is the daughter of the historian Henrietta Louise Valerie Leyser (née Bateman) and Karl Leyser,[2] a German-born historian, who being Jewish, fled from the Nazis.[citation needed] She married Stephen John Day in 1986 and has one son and one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ottoline Leyser's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a service provided by Google
  2. ^ a b c d e f LEYSER, Prof. (Henrietta Miriam) Ottoline. Who's Who 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Beale, M; Dupree, P; Lilley, K; Beynon, J; Trick, M; Clarke, J; Bevan, M; Bancroft, I; Jones, J; May, S; Van De Sande, K; Leyser, O (2002). "GARNet, the Genomic Arabidopsis Resource Network". Trends in Plant Science 7 (4): 145–7. doi:10.1016/s1360-1385(01)02224-5. PMID 11950604. 
  4. ^ a b "EC/2007/26: Ottoline Leyser Certificate of Election". Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-06-16. 
  5. ^ "BBSRC spotlight interview". 
  6. ^ Leyser, O (2011). "An interview with Ottoline Leyser. Interviewed by Eva Amsen". Development 138 (22): 4815–7. doi:10.1242/dev.075333. PMID 22028022. 
  7. ^ Leyser, O (2012). "Ottoline Leyser". Current biology : CB 22 (8): R253–5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.02.003. PMID 22675728. 
  8. ^ Sedwick, C (2014). "Ottoline Leyser: The beauty of plant genetics". The Journal of Cell Biology 204 (3): 284–5. doi:10.1083/jcb.2043pi. PMC 3912528. PMID 24493584. 
  9. ^ Kepinski, S.; Leyser, O. (2005). "The Arabidopsis F-box protein TIR1 is an auxin receptor". Nature 435 (7041): 446–451. doi:10.1038/nature03542. 
  10. ^ Gray, W. M.; Kepinski, S.; Rouse, D.; Leyser, O.; Estelle, M. (2001). "Auxin regulates SCFTIR1-dependent degradation of AUX/IAA proteins". Nature 414 (6861): 271–6. doi:10.1038/35104500. PMID 11713520. 
  11. ^ Sabatini, S; Beis, D; Wolkenfelt, H; Murfett, J; Guilfoyle, T; Malamy, J; Benfey, P; Leyser, O; Bechtold, N; Weisbeek, P; Scheres, B (1999). "An auxin-dependent distal organizer of pattern and polarity in the Arabidopsis root". Cell 99 (5): 463–72. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81535-4. PMID 10589675. 
  12. ^ Leyser, Henrietta Miriam Ottoline (1990). An analysis of fasciated mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana and the role of cytokinin in this phenotype (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 557279110. 
  13. ^ "Great British bioscience pioneers – Professor Ottoline Leyser". BBSRC. Archived from the original on 2015-06-16. 
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  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 7. 31 December 2008.
  16. ^ Nuffield Council on Bioethics' official website-Biofuels
  17. ^ "National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected". National Academy of Sciences. May 1, 2012.