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Professor Helen Sang

Personal Chair in Vertebrate Molecular Development

+44 (0)131 651 9171

The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS
University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush
EH25 9RG

Helen Sang received a degree in Natural Sciences and PhD in genetics from Cambridge University. Helen was awarded a SERC-NATO fellowship to join Professor Matt Meselson’s lab at Harvard University then returned to the UK on an MRC Training Fellowship held in the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, where she investigated transposable elements (“jumping genes”) in the fruit fly, Drosophila.

Professor Sang was then appointed as Principal Investigator at the AFRC Poultry Research Centre, now The Roslin Institute and most recently part of the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research focus at The Roslin Institute has been the development of technologies for genetic modification of the chicken, which are applied in basic biomedical research, biotechnology and investigating the potential for developing disease resistance in production chickens.

Professor Sang is involved in public engagement activities to explain and discuss the use of genetic modification in farm animals.

Professor Sang’s research is currently funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and industry.