Wendy Bickmore

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Wendy Bickmore

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Wendy Bickmore at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
Wendy Anne Bickmore

(1961-07-28) 28 July 1961 (age 58)[1]
EducationChichester High School For Girls[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisMolecular analysis of DNA sequences from the human Y chromosome
Doctoral advisorHoward Cooke[3]
InfluencesAdrian Bird[3][4]

Professor Wendy Anne Bickmore FRS FMedSci FRSE (born 28 July 1961)[5] is a British genome biologist, Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh and President of The Genetics Society since 2015.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Bickmore was born at Shoreham-by-Sea on 28 July 1961 to Beryl and Keith Bickmore.[5] She was educated at Chichester High School For Girls[5] and obtained an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Edinburgh for research analysing nucleic acid sequences from the Y chromosome of humans supervised by Howard Cooke[3] and Adrian Bird.[4]

Research and career[edit]

Her work has focussed on how DNA, chromosomes and specific genes are organised and packaged in the cell nucleus,[8] how this process is regulated during development to facilitate the expression of genes, and how aberrant genome organisation is linked to disease.[9][10][11][12] She is a member of the Editorial Board for Genes & Development.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bickmore was awarded EMBO Membership in 2001,[2] elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2005[5] and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2005 (FMedSci).[14] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Bickmore, Prof. Wendy Anne". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.274935. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Anon (2001). "EMBO member: Wendy Bickmore". people.embo.org. Heidelberg.
  3. ^ a b c Bickmore, Wendy Anne (1986). Molecular analysis of DNA sequences from the human Y chromosome. lib.ed.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/10808. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.375478. Free to read
  4. ^ a b Bickmore, Wendy A.; Bird, Adrian P. (1992). Use of restriction endonucleases to detect and isolate genes from mammalian cells. Methods in Enzymology. 216. pp. 224–244. doi:10.1016/0076-6879(92)16024-e. ISBN 9780121821173.
  5. ^ a b c d "Bickmore, Prof. Wendy Anne, (born 28 July 1961), Director, MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh, since 2015", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, 1 December 2016, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u274935, retrieved 28 April 2019
  6. ^ Wendy Bickmore Entry at ORCID
  7. ^ Wendy Bickmore Official website
  8. ^ "Prof Wendy Bickmore – Packing DNA". thenakedscientists.com.
  9. ^ "wendy bickmore". Archived from the original on 3 April 2009.
  10. ^ Pritchard-Jones, Kathryn; Fleming, Stewart; Davidson, Duncan; Bickmore, Wendy; Porteous, David; Gosden, Christine; Bard, Jonathan; Buckler, Alan; Pelletier, Jerry (1990). "The candidate Wilms' tumour gene is involved in genitourinary development". Nature. 346 (6280): 194–197. doi:10.1038/346194a0. PMID 2164159.
  11. ^ Croft, Jenny A.; Bridger, Joanna M.; Boyle, Shelagh; Perry, Paul; Teague, Peter; Bickmore, Wendy A. (1999). "Differences in the Localization and Morphology of Chromosomes in the Human Nucleus". Journal of Cell Biology. 145 (6): 1119–1131. doi:10.1083/jcb.145.6.1119. ISSN 0021-9525. PMC 2133153. PMID 10366586.
  12. ^ Fraser, Peter; Bickmore, Wendy (2007). "Nuclear organization of the genome and the potential for gene regulation". Nature. 447 (7143): 413–417. doi:10.1038/nature05916. PMID 17522674.
  13. ^ "Genes & Development -- Genes & Development Editorial Board". genesdev.cshlp.org. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Professor Wendy Bickmore FRS FRSE FMedSci". acmedsci.ac.uk.
  15. ^ Anon (2017). "Wendy Bickmore FRS". London: royalsociety.org.