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Chief Executive's biography

Professor Melanie Welham

From 1 March 2016 Professor Melanie Welham has taken on the role of interim Chief Executive of BBSRC. Previously, Melanie was Executive Director, Science, at BBSRC, a role she held since joining the Council from the University of Bath in October 2012. At the University of Bath Melanie was Professor of Molecular Signalling and was the first woman to be appointed a professor in her department.

Professor Melanie Welham. Copyright: BBSRC

Melanie is a leading researcher in molecular signalling and stem cell science. She obtained her first degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London before undertaking a PhD at UCL. Until September 2011, she was co-director of the Bath Centre for Regenerative Medicine where she oversaw the activities of this interdisciplinary centre.

Earlier in her career, she was awarded a BBSRC Research Development Fellowship, which enabled her to develop and pursue new research directions. She moved from the study of signalling in white blood cells to seeking to understand the fundamental mechanisms controlling the behaviour of embryonic stem cells.

Melanie has a well-developed understanding of the requirements and demands of delivering BBSRC research and the interface between the Council and the research community. For more than four years she served on BBSRC peer review committees, including periods as either chair or co-chair. Professor Welham also served on the advisory committee for the UK National Stem Cell Network from 2009-11.