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27.03.18 Ben Simons awarded Royal Society EP Abraham Research Professorship

last modified Apr 26, 2018 11:40 AM
In March the Royal Society announced the latest awards of coveted professorships to six world-class scientists, with Ben Simons of the Gurdon Institute among them

The Royal Society says: "These prestigious posts will provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of exceptional accomplishments from a range of diverse areas including biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, chemistry, developmental biology and physics."

The Royal Society Research Professorships are the Society's premier research awards and help release the best leading researchers from teaching and administration to allow them to focus on research.

Professor Benjamin Simons, University of Cambridge, receives the Royal Society EP Abraham Research Professorship, which is supported through the EP Abraham Cephalosporin Research Fund.

Simons has developed theoretical approaches to study quantum coherence phenomena in superconductors, disordered compounds, coupled matter-light systems and ultracold atomic gases. In biology, he has pioneered the application of quantitative methods to reveal common strategies of stem and progenitor cell fate in normal and cancerous tissues.

Professor Simons studies how principles of self-organisation and emergence provide predictive insights into cellular mechanisms of tissue development, and how these programmes become subverted during the transition to diseased states. In a multidisciplinary approach, his lab applies concepts and methods from statistical theory to uncover conserved patterns of cell fate.

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Watch Ben Simons describe his research in our YouTube video.

 

 

Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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