Awards and achievements

Researchers at the John Innes Centre are regularly recognised for their contributions to plant and mirobial science, both nationally and internationally.

A selection of the recent awards given to our scientists include;

  • Prof Barrie Wilkinson awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize - 8 May 2018
  • Prof Caroline Dean awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship - 27 March 2018 
  • Dr Cristobal Uauy awarded the prestigious Research Medal by The Royal Agricultural Society of England - 11 December 2017
  • Prof Caroline Dean named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureate - 13 November 2017
  • Prof Claire Domoney awarded an MBE - 17 June 2017
  • Prof Sarah O'Connor elected into EMBO - 16 June 2017
  • Prof Graham Moore and University of Bristol’s Prof Keith Edwards jointly awarded the 2018 Rank Prize in Nutrition - 27 April 2017
  • Jemima Brinton awarded Monogram Early Career Award - 19 April 2017
  • Prof Allan Downie awarded Adam Kondorosi prize for Plant Sciences - 7 April 2017
  • Prof Cathie Martin awarded Fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists - 5 April 2017

BBSRC Innovators of the Year

  • 2010 - Dr Michael McArthur was awarded the Most Promising Innovator award for his work on commercializing a new antibiotic to combat drug-resistant infections
  • 2012 - Prof George Lomonossoff and PhD student Frank Sainsbury was named Overall Innovators of the Year for his research on protein expression in plants
  • 2014 - Prof Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli were names Most Promising Innovators for their development of purple tomatoes, containing the health benefits of blueberries
  • 2017 - Dr Cristobal Uuay shortlisted for Innovator of the Year for pioneering work in wheat breeding

Fellows of the Royal Society

In total, 28 John Innes Centre researchers (including Alumni) have been elected as fellows of the Royal Society.

Fellows are elected through a peer review process, with only the most eminent scientists being awarded for excellence in their field.

  • Prof Cathie Martin - 2018
  • Prof Alison Smith - 2016
  • Prof Mike Bevan - 2013
  • Prof Mervyn Bibb -  2013
  • Nick Harberd (Alumni) - 2009
  • Chris Lamb (Alumni) - 2008
  • Prof Dame Caroline Dean - 2004
  • Prof Dale Sanders - 2001
  • Prof Ray Dixon - 1999
  • Prof Enrico Coen - 1998
  • Richard B Flavell (Alumni) - 1998
  • Mike Gale (Alumni) - 1996
  • Keith Chater - 1995
  • Jeffrey Barry Harborne (Alumni) - 1995
  • Sir David Hopwood - 1979
  • John Postgate (Alumni) - 1977
  • L F La Cour (Alumni) -  1970
  • John Robert Stanley Fincham (Alumni) -  1969
  • Ralph Riley (Alumni) - 1967
  • Joseph Chatt (Alumni) - 1961
  • Roy Markham (Alumni) - 1956
  • Dan Lewis (Alumni) - 1955
  • M B Crane (Alumni) - 1947
  • K Mather (Alumni) - 1949
  • Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov (Alumni) - 1942
  • C D Darlington (Alumni) - 1941
  • JBS Haldane (Alumni) - 1932
  • Sir A D Hall (Alumni) -  1909
  • William Bateson (Alumni) - 1894

Honours

John Innes Centre researchers are also regularly recognised through the Honours system.

Knighthood

CBE

  • 1999 - Richard Flavell (Alumni)
  • 2002 - Prof Enrico Coen
  • 2009 - Chris Lamb (Alumni)

OBE

MBE

British Empire Medal

  • Dr Anne Edwards

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