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Janet Rossant awarded honorary degree

last modified Jun 23, 2017 11:51 AM
Janet Rossant awarded honorary degree

Professor Janet Rossant

At a ceremony held this week in Senate House, the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Janet Rossant in recognition of her achievements in academia, philanthropy and public service.

Professor Janet Rossant is an alumna and Honorary Fellow of Darwin College and outgoing chair of CSCI’s International Scientific Advisory Board. Her research has helped to uncover the cellular and molecular events that control early-stage embryo development in mice, with implications for stem cell biology and understanding developmental disorders.

A contributor to ethical and policy debates around stem cell research, she is currently a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto.

“She has taken cells from the placenta,” reads Professor Rossant’s citation, “and restored to them the miraculous, protean power of transformation by which they can grow into any tissue—bone, say, or muscle, or white marrow; and so she has opened up a new source of stem cells, which can be exploited without harm to the embryo.”

Many congratulations to Janet and all the honorees.

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