Professor Dame Caroline Dean has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of York.
Professor Dean joins Tate Modern director Francis Morris, Hollywood film editor Joe Walker and social geographer Danny Dorling in receiving honorary degrees from the university in a ceremony today (Friday January 18).
Professor Dean gained both a BA and a PhD in biology at the University of York before leaving to take up a post at Advanced Genetic Sciences Inc, in California, where she worked for five years.
She returned to England to take up a post at the John Innes Centre in 1988.
“It is a special privilege to accept an Honorary degree from the University of York. I owe this university so much – it introduced to a very young me the love of scientific experiments that has moulded the rest of my life.”
Prof Dean’s research at the John Innes Centre investigates epigenetic controls used by plants to judge when to flower.
A fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy, she is a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate. In March 2018 she was awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship.
The honorary degrees will be awarded in a ceremony at York University’s Central Hall.