Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Chair of Trustees

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge is Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and is also Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute. Major themes of his work include sex determination, the role of Sox genes in development of the early embryo, the nervous system and the pituitary, and the biology of stem cells within these tissues. In 1990, his laboratory discovered the Y-linked testis-determining gene Sry, and sex determination remains a focus of his current research. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and is very active in public engagement and policy work around stem cells, genetics and genomics, human embryo and animal research, and the ways in which science is regulated and disseminated.

Robin originally obtained his PhD in Embryology at University College London. After postdoctoral research in Cambridge and Paris, he established an independent laboratory at the Medical Research Council's Mammalian Development Unit. He was the recipient of the 1995 Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine, the 1996 Amory Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2008 Feldberg Foundation Prize, and the 2010 Waddington Medal awarded by the British Society for Developmental Biology. He is a member of the Committee on Human Genome Editing of the USA's National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, and he was an organiser of the landmark International Summits on Human Genome Editing which took place in Washington in 2015 and in Hong Kong in 2018. He has been awarded a CBE 'for services to genetics, stem cell research and the public understanding of science'.