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 (age 56–57)[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]

Wendy Anne Bickmore FRS FMedSci FRSE (born 1961)[1] 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.[5][6]


Bickmore was educated at Chichester High School For Girls[1] 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,[7] how this process is regulated during development to facilitate the expression of genes, and how aberrant genome organisation is linked to disease.[8][9][10][11] Her doctoral students include Catherine Canevet,[12] Emily Prichard,[13] Sehrish Rafique,[14] and Duncan Sproul.[15]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bickmore was awarded EMBO Membership in 2001,[2] elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2005[1] and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2005 (FMedSci).[16] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2017). Bickmore, Prof. Wendy Anne. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.274935. closed access publication – behind paywall (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: 224–244. doi:10.1016/0076-6879(92)16024-e.
  5. ^ Wendy Bickmore Entry at ORCID
  6. ^ Wendy Bickmore Official website
  7. ^ "Prof Wendy Bickmore – Packing DNA". thenakedscientists.com.
  8. ^ "wendy bickmore". Archived from the original on 2009-04-03.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Canevet, Catherine (2009). Automating the gathering of relevant information from biomedical text. lib.ed.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/3849. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.562486. Free to read
  13. ^ Pritchard, Emily Helen (2011). Chromatin compaction in Cornelia de Lange syndrome. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/5702. Free to read
  14. ^ Rafique, Sehrish (2013). Chromatin organisation in breast cancer. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/11722. Free to read
  15. ^ Sproul, Duncan (2008). The role of chromatin structure in regulating the human epidermal differentiation complex. lib.ed.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/2684. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.562203. Free to read
  16. ^ "Professor Wendy Bickmore FRS FRSE FMedSci". acmedsci.ac.uk.
  17. ^ Anon (2017). "Wendy Bickmore FRS". London: royalsociety.org.