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Sanger Institute appoints new Director

17 May, 2010
Professor Mike Stratton. Image credit: Wellcome Images

Professor Mike Stratton

Congratulations to Professor Mike Stratton, who’s just been appointed the new Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Professor Stratton has been Deputy Director of the Institute since 2007 and Acting Director since Professor Allan Bradley stepped down from the post in March.

He qualified in medicine from the University of Oxford and Guys Hospital, trained as a histopathologist at the Hammersmith and Maudsley Hospitals and obtained a PhD in the molecular biology of cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research.

A scientist at Sanger since 2000, he specialises in the genetics of cancer. He searches for new cancer genes, to understand how cancers arise and how our genome plays a part in their development. This has led to a number of high-profile discoveries, including the identification and mapping of the breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA2. And as head of the Cancer Genome Project his achievements include publishing the first cancer genome sequences for lung and melanoma cancers at the end of 2009.

Professor Stratton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

“It is a truly extraordinary challenge and great privilege to be appointed Director of the Sanger Institute,” he said.

“The Institute is currently on the crest of a wave of discoveries in revealing how genetic variation in human beings and in infectious agents cause disease. I aim to build ambitiously on the Institute’s current leadership in large-scale analysis of genomes and experimental studies in model organisms to develop cellular systems that will explore human biology and to provide transformative insights into how diseases develop.“

“In 10-20 years’ time it is conceivable that we will all have our genomes sequenced as a routine. Our Institute will make a major contribution to understanding what these sequences mean and will be a leading voice in society’s consideration of how they should be used in order to achieve our aim of improving human health.”

Image credit: Wellcome Images.
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