Dr. David Baulcombe

What Happens When Different Genomes Meet: The Influence of RNA on the Epigenome of Interspecific Hybrids

September 23, 2013

Professor Sir David Baulcombe received a PhD in Botany from the University of Edinburgh. He then completed postdoctoral fellows at McGill University (Canada) and the University of Georgia. He then moved on to positions with the Plant Breeding Institute (Cambridge, UK) and the Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) In 2007 he moved to the University of Cambridge, where here he is Regius Professor of Botany, Royal Society Research Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences. He was awarded the title of Knight Bachelor from HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 2009, and received the Wolf Prize for Agriculture in 2010. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society (2001) and a Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (2005). Prof. Baulcombe’s research focuses on a novel type of regulatory RNA, siRNA, which was discovered in his lab. He also has an interest in technologies that address crop improvement in developing countries. His cv can be found at