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Professor Wolf Reik FRS appointed Acting Director of the Babraham Institute

last modified May 27, 2020 11:19 AM

Professor Wolf Reik has been appointed the Institute’s Acting Director with immediate effect, following the sad loss of Professor Michael Wakelam at the end of March. Professor Reik is an internationally renowned expert in the field of epigenetics and has led the Institute’s Epigenetics research programme since 2008. He has been the Institute’s Associate Director since 2004.

Professor Peter Rigby, FRS, Chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, said: “I am delighted to announce that the Institute Board has appointed Professor Wolf Reik FRS as the Acting Director of the Babraham Institute. Professor Reik is a world-class scientist, internationally renowned for his work in epigenetics, who has been at the Institute for over 30 years. The BBSRC fully support the Board's appointment, which will ensure the Institute continues to be strongly led, building on the excellent work of Professor Michael Wakelam. I know that Wolf will provide much needed leadership and stability during the uncertain times that we all face.”

Professor Reik commented: “I am really honoured by this appointment; I look forward to working with everyone at the Institute, the Campus and with BBSRC. After Michael’s sad death, my primary aim is to bring us back to our labs in a safe and considerate fashion, and to jointly tackle the opportunities and challenges for the science of the Institute going forward strongly into the future.”

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