Professor Christine Watson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow and her PhD in Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London. Following postdoctoral work at the University of St Andrews, she established her laboratory at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh before moving to the University of Cambridge in 2008 where she is now Professor of Cell and Cancer Biology. Her research is focused on the developmental biology of mammary gland, the transcriptional regulation of differentiation and cell death and utilizing the understanding of these processes to develop therapeutic strategies for breast cancer.
Professor Watson is Vice-Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Deputy Head of the School of the Biological Sciences with responsibility for graduate education. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.