Breast cancer scientist elected as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for her contribution to medical research

Christine Watson

Newnham’s Vice-Principal Professor Christine Watson has been named as one of the leading UK researchers to be elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Watson is a mammary gland biologist who leads a group of scientists researching how the mammary gland functions and is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Deputy Head of the University of Cambridge’s School of Biological Sciences as well as being Vice-Principal of Newnham College.

Her research focus includes searching for the mammary gland stem cells which are thought to be responsible for the growth of the gland during pregnancy, and investigating how the gland regresses after weaning. Insights gained from her team’s work is being used to develop new approaches for the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Fellows are elected for their contribution to biomedical and health research, the generation of new knowledge in medical sciences and its translation into benefits to society.

The new intake of 46 world leading UK researchers to the Fellowship includes the highest female cohort to date (37%).

Professor Watson, pictured, said: “I am delighted to be elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. I have been fortunate to work with amazing young scientists throughout my career and value this recognition of our contribution to medical science. I will look forward to working with the Academy particularly towards its strategic objectives to engage with the public and to foster the careers of women in medical research.”

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on June 28 2017.