Professor and Project Leader at John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Cellular and developmental biologist Caroline Dean studies the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms by which external temperature regulates the timing of plant reproduction, increasingly relevant with global climate change affecting crop production. Her work has led to important insights into chromatin regulation and evolutionary adaptation in a variety of species.
Dr. Dean is a Professor and Project Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. She has received numerous honors including election to national academies in the UK, US, and Germany. Last year, she was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Dean has been a great advocate for the advancement of women in science, with a strong history of providing inspiration and career guidance to girls and young women. For this work, she received the FEBS|EMBO Women in Science Award in 2014 and was recently named a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureate.