Karen Vousden, The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, UK
Professor Karen Vousden is presently the Director of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow – one of five institutes core funded by Cancer Research UK and the only one in Scotland. The Beatson Institute carries out a program of world-class science directed at understanding key aspects of cancer cell behavior, and provides a state of the art facility where basic and clinical scientists can work together to translate these discoveries into new therapies and diagnostic/prognostic tools to help cancer patients. Before joining the Beatson Institute, Karen was Chief of the Regulation of Cell Growth Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, MD. Karen's own research focuses on the regulation and function of the tumour suppressor protein p53. Karen received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of London, followed by postdoctoral fellowships with Chris Marshall at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and Douglas Lowy at the National Cancer Institute in the USA. After joining the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London moved back to the NCI in 1995 before taking up her current position in 2002. Karen has been elected to the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, EMBO, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences, and received an honorary DSc from the Universities of London and Strathclyde. She was awarded the Royal Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 11th August 2009 and was honoured as Commander of the British Empire in 2010.
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