Management of the Centre

The Director 

The BCGB’s director is Professor Ferenc Mueller who has been a long standing contributor to the fields of gene regulation and developmental biology in zebrafish models. Ferenc accepted this role in 2020 following on from Constanze Bonifer in 2021, who was the founding director of BCGB. Ferenc will be supported by representatives from both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as team members responsible for individual management roles. Decisions in the BCGB will be made within a larger executive group that will cover multiple aspects of centre management, such as outreach, recruitment, training and equipment purchase.

The Board of Directors 

Constanze Bonifer: Founding BCGB Director and Academic Lead for the Medical School Grants and Fellowship Academy

Malcolm Taylor: Representative for the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Matthias Soller: Representative for College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Pawel Grzechnik: Representative for College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Peter Cockerill: Responsible for web site content

Jo Morris: Coordinator of BCGB symposia

Grant Stewart: Coordinator of BCGB internal seminars

Clare Davies: Coordinator of BCGB invited speaker seminars

Paloma Garcia: Cocoordinator of BCGB invited speaker seminars


The Scientific Advisory Board 

The BCGB management committee will be advised by a group comprising: 

Professor Wendy Bickmore: Head of the Chromosomes and Gene Expression Group, University of Edinburgh 

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith: Head of the Stem cells and Epigenetic group, University of Cambridge

Professor Jesper Svejstrup: Head of the Transcription and DNA Repair group, The Francis Crick Institute 

Report from the Scientific Advisory Board Meeting 21 June 2016

The board members attended the recent inaugural symposium of BCGB. In their report they complimented us on the success of this meeting meeting and of the quality of science presented. We were advised to build on this success by holding a national scientific meeting with external invited speakers every 2 years.

The board found that the central themes that make up BCGB (transcription/chromatin – repair – replication – genomics) were very well interconnected, facilitating collaborations within the centre. The board acknowledged that BCGB was based on a well-interacting group of people, and suggested that the main group members should meet regularly to both present their science and to discuss issues that affect the running and research directions of the institute.

BCGB is already well supported by internal and external seminar programs, but it was recommended the BCGB should in addition hold internal scientific meetings every year where group leaders give an overview of their research.