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1976 Marshall Scholar

Frances Brodsky is Professor of Cell Biology at University College London and served as Director of the UCL Division of Biosciences for 7 years until December 2020.  Prior to moving to UCL, she was Professor at the University of California San Francisco, where she now holds an Adjunct Professorship. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, where she conducted sabbatical research. Frances received her AB in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and her DPhil in Genetics from the University of Oxford, as a 1976 Marshall Scholar, with postdoctoral training at Harvard and Stanford.  

Frances runs a research laboratory at UCL investigating fundamental molecular mechanisms of cell function that impact human health and disease in the areas of metabolism (diabetes), the immune system (infection) and cell growth (cancer). With her broad research interest, she has served on and chaired numerous funding advisory boards in the US and EU and was a founding co-Editor of the professional journal Traffic (about intracellular pathways). She is a member of EMBO and is currently serving as Interim Vice-President International for the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Committed to supporting early career researchers, as well as international academic exchange, Frances serves on the Marshall Scholar selection committee for the San Francisco region and on the jury for the Blavatnik Awards in Life Sciences. Frances maintains an interest in public communication of science, which started by publishing three laboratory-themed novels early in her academic career.