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 59)[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]

Bickmore’s interest in science began as a teen being influenced by her biology teacher and her parents who were keen amateur gardeners. Her interest in biochemistry was confirmed having read ‘The Chemistry of Life’ by Steven Rose[8] and she went on to study biochemistry at university.

She is a member of the organisation Trees for Life which is working to restore the forest in the Highlands of Scotland.

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 focused on how DNA, chromosomes and specific genes are organised and packaged in the cell nucleus,[9] how this process is regulated during development to facilitate the expression of genes, and how aberrant genome organisation is linked to disease.[10][11][12][13] She is a member of the Editorial Board for Genes & Development.[14]

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).[15] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[16]


  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 (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. PMID 1336093.
  5. ^ a b c d "Bickmore, Prof. Wendy Anne, (born 28 July 1961), Director, MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh, since 2015". 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 ORCID 0000-0001-6660-7735
  7. ^ Wendy Bickmore Official website
  8. ^ Rose, Steven P. R. (Steven Peter Russell), 1938- (1979). The chemistry of life. Sanderson, Cath (2nd ed.). Harmondsworth: Penguin. ISBN 0-14-020790-2. OCLC 6426479.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Prof Wendy Bickmore – Packing DNA". thenakedscientists.com.
  10. ^ "wendy bickmore". Archived from the original on 3 April 2009.
  11. ^ 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. Bibcode:1990Natur.346..194P. doi:10.1038/346194a0. PMID 2164159. S2CID 4350729.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Fraser, Peter; Bickmore, Wendy (2007). "Nuclear organization of the genome and the potential for gene regulation". Nature. 447 (7143): 413–417. Bibcode:2007Natur.447..413F. doi:10.1038/nature05916. PMID 17522674. S2CID 4388060.
  14. ^ "Genes & Development -- Genes & Development Editorial Board". genesdev.cshlp.org. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Professor Wendy Bickmore FRS FRSE FMedSci". acmedsci.ac.uk.
  16. ^ Anon (2017). "Wendy Bickmore FRS". London: royalsociety.org.