Veronica van Heyningen

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Veronica van Heyningen
Born (1946-11-12) 12 November 1946 (age 72)[1]
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom (naturalised)
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Simon van Heyningen[1]
Scientific career
ThesisMitochondrial and other enzymes in somatic cell hybrids (1973)
Doctoral advisorWalter Bodmer[citation needed]
InfluencedSarah Teichmann[5]

Veronica van Heyningen CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci (née Daniel; born 12 November 1946) is an English 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. doi:10.1086/426833. PMC 1196435. PMID 15549674.
  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. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80323-2. PMID 9230312.
  4. ^ a b Veronica van Heyningen 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. doi:10.1038/354522a0. PMID 1684639.
  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. doi:10.1038/346194a0. PMID 2164159.
  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. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(91)90284-6. PMID 1684738.
  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. (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Veronica van Heyningen, The Life Scientific - BBC Radio 4". BBC.
  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". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  18. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 8.
  19. ^ "Veronica van Heyningen, The Life Scientific - BBC Radio 4". BBC.

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