Sir Martin J. Evans, PhD
Chancellor, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
A pioneer in the fields of cancer biology and genetics and a 2007 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Evans revolutionized science with his research on embryonic stem cells and transgenic mice. His discoveries greatly expanded areas of scientific research including stem cell biology, reverse genetics and gene targeting, and transgenic knockout mouse technology.
Dr. Evans was the first scientist to identify, isolate, characterize, and exploit embryonic stem cells for the study of cancer. He developed a novel technique whereby recombinant DNA could be introduced into embryonic stem cells isolated from developing mouse blastocysts. These modified blastocysts were then injected back into pseudo-pregnant, adult, female mice in order to produce genetically modified offspring. This technique has since transformed molecular biology and countless disease areas of research as, for the first time, it enabled investigators to study the biologic and physiologic effects produced on the silencing of a specific gene target in vivo.
2009 Copley Medal, Royal Society, London2009 Chancellor, Cardiff University2008 D.Sc. (Med) (hon), University College, London2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine2005 D.Sc. (hon), University of Bath, UK2004 Knights Bachelor (New Year Honours)2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research1999 Professor of Mammalian Genetics and Director of the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University1999 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology1998 Founding Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences1993 Elected Fellow, Royal Society, London1993 William Bate Hardy Prize1993 Walter Cottman Fellowship Prize1969 PhD, University College, London