Veronica van Heyningen

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Veronica van Heyningen
Born (1946-11-12) 12 November 1946 (age 70)[1]
Alma mater
Thesis Mitochondrial and other enzymes in somatic cell hybrids (1973)
Doctoral advisor Walter Bodmer[citation needed]
Influenced Sarah Teichmann[5]
Notable awards
Spouse Simon van Heyningen[1]

Professor Veronica van Heyningen CBE FRS FMedSci (née Daniel, born 12 November 1946) is a British geneticist who specialises in the etiology of anophthalmia. She was head of medical genetics at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh and the president of The Genetics Society.[4][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


van Heyningen studied Natural Sciences (genetics) at the University of Cambridge, and at Northwestern University. She went to study for a DPhil[15] at the University of Oxford in early gene mapping studies using somatic cell hybrids, with Walter Bodmer.[16][17]

Awards and honours[edit]

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 1968 she married Simon van Heyningen.[1] She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific" in 2014.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e "van HEYNINGEN, Prof. Veronica". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Kleinjan, D. A.; Van Heyningen, V (2005). "Long-range control of gene expression: Emerging mechanisms and disruption in disease". The American Journal of Human Genetics. 76 (1): 8–32. PMC 1196435Freely accessible. PMID 15549674. doi:10.1086/426833. 
  3. ^ Ericson, J; Rashbass, P; Schedl, A; Brenner-Morton, S; Kawakami, A; Van Heyningen, V; Jessell, T. M.; Briscoe, J (1997). "Pax6 controls progenitor cell identity and neuronal fate in response to graded Shh signaling". Cell. 90 (1): 169–80. PMID 9230312. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80323-2. 
  4. ^ a b Veronica van Heyningen's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ Gaskell & Kostic. "The Unstoppable Sarah Teichmann on Programing, Motherhood, and Protein Complex Assembly:The Female Scientist". Cell. Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Medical Research Council". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  7. ^ Hill, R. E.; Favor, J; Hogan, B. L.; Ton, C. C.; Saunders, G. F.; Hanson, I. M.; Prosser, J; Jordan, T; Hastie, N. D.; Van Heyningen, V (1991). "Mouse small eye results from mutations in a paired-like homeobox-containing gene". Nature. 354 (6354): 522–5. PMID 1684639. doi:10.1038/354522a0. 
  8. ^ Pritchard-Jones, K; Fleming, S; Davidson, D; Bickmore, W; Porteous, D; Gosden, C; Bard, J; Buckler, A; Pelletier, J; Housman, D; Van Heyningen, Veronica; Hastie, Nicholas (1990). "The candidate Wilms' tumour gene is involved in genitourinary development". Nature. 346 (6280): 194–7. PMID 2164159. doi:10.1038/346194a0. 
  9. ^ Ton, C. C.; Hirvonen, H; Miwa, H; Weil, M. M.; Monaghan, P; Jordan, T; Van Heyningen, V; Hastie, N. D.; Meijers-Heijboer, H; Drechsler, M (1991). "Positional cloning and characterization of a paired box- and homeobox-containing gene from the aniridia region". Cell. 67 (6): 1059–74. PMID 1684738. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(91)90284-6. 
  10. ^ "Imortalized Cell Lines", Chromosome analysis protocols, Editor John R. Gosden, Humana Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-89603-243-9
  11. ^ "Developmental biology", Doctors to the genome: from conception to maturity], Editors Ieuan A. Hughes, Mark Gardiner, Royal College of Physicians, 1998, ISBN 978-1-86016-078-3
  12. ^ Long-Range Control of Gene Expression, Editors Veronica Van Heyningen, Robert E. Hill, Academic Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-12-373881-3
  13. ^ Veronica van Heyningen's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Veronica van Heyningen on The Life Scientific 2014-04-01
  15. ^ van Heyningen, Veronica (1973). Mitochondrial and other Enzymes in Somatic Cell Hybrids (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  16. ^ UK. "Veronica van Heyningen: Former F1000Prime Faculty Member in Medical Genetics - F1000Prime". Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  17. ^ "Prof Veronica van Heyningen, CBE Authorised Biography – Debrett’s People of Today, Prof Veronica van Heyningen, CBE Profile". Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  18. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 8. 
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