Professor Sir Adrian Bird, CBE FRS FRSE
Appointed in 2010, Professor Bird is chairman of the Research Strategy Committee.
He retired as Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust on 31 October 2010, having been appointed a Governor in October 2000, and Deputy Chairman in April 2007.
He has held the Buchanan Chair of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh since 1990, and is Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University.
research interests are the structure and function of the mammalian genome and in particular the role of DNA methylation.
Professor Bird was a member of the Science Planning Committee for The Francis Crick Institute, a collaboration between Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London.
He is a member of the editorial board of the journal 'Molecular Cell'.
Awards include the 1999 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine and the 2008 Charles Léopold Mayer Prize of the French Academy of Sciences
He is a Trustee of the Kirkhouse Trust and of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
was awarded a knighthood in the 2014 New Year's Honours list.