Professor Emma Whitelaw

Professor Emma Whitelaw

Emma Whitelaw

Elected in 2011

Short citation at year of election

Professor Whitelaw has contributed significantly to the field of epigenetics spanning 20 years of research, clarifying the genotype-phenotype relationships in higher organisms. She pioneered the study of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, showing for the first time that epigenetic states can be inherited to the next generation. She established a sensitised dominant screen in mouse to find genes involved in epigenetic reprogramming, now a valuable international resource in itself. Her research programs extend into the study of complex human diseases caused by gene-environment interactions, to identify novel targets for drug discovery and markers to predict disease risk.

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