Richard B. Flavell

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Richard Flavell
Richard Bailey Flavell

11 October 1943
Birmingham, England
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
University of East Anglia
AwardsFRS (1998)
Scientific career
FieldsPlant molecular genetics, Plant breeding
InstitutionsJohn Innes Centre
Doctoral advisorJ.R.S.Fincham, FRS[citation needed]
Doctoral studentsJonathan D. G. Jones[citation needed]

Richard Bailey Flavell CBE, FRS (born 11 October 1943) is a British molecular biologist, Chief Scientific Officer of Ceres, Inc., and was director of John Innes Centre from 1987 to 1998.[1]


He was educated at the University of Birmingham (BSc, 1964 in Microbiology) and at the University of East Anglia (PhD, 1967 focused on the genetics of acetate utilization in Neurospora crassa). Following that he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1967-69 where he studied mitochondrial structure and function in Neurospora crassa. He then took up an appointment at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, England in the Department of Cytogenetics under the leadership of Sir Ralph Riley. In the following years he built up a formidable team of plant molecular geneticists that emerged as one of the strongest in the world. The team was one of the first to clone plant DNA, to produce transgenic plants and to determine the structure of a plant mitochondrial genome. He also is Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. [2]


.Nicholas J. Brewin, Richard B. Flavell, "A cure for anemia in plants?", Nature Biotechnology 15, 222 - 223 (1997) .Richard B Flavell," A greener Revolution for All". Nature Biotechnology 34 1106-1110, 2016


  1. ^ ‘FLAVELL, Dr Richard Bailey’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
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