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Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Last updated: 07 July 2022


Professor Whitelaw is an academic who provides leadership within academia and the animal biotechnology sectors. He holds the Chair of Animal Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh and is the Interim Director of The Roslin Institute, a BBSRC strategically funded Institute embedded in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the Easter Bush Campus of the University. Within the veterinary campus at Easter Bush, he is Dean of Research and Innovation, Chairman of Roslin Innovation Centre, and a Director of Roslin Technologies Ltd. Through his bioscience research reflected in nearly 200 scientific manuscripts and 12 patents, he pioneers the application of genetic technologies in farmed animals.

He currently focusses on genome editing technology and animal stem cells, aiming to advance novel applications for the agricultural and biomedical communities. He led the recent project to genetically engineer pigs to be resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus which has been taken forward into the commercial sector by Genus PIC Ltd. Bruce is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and was recently a member of the Nuffield Council’s Genome Editing and Farm Animals Working Group.

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University of Edinburgh


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Roslin Technologies Non-exec Board member


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Currently in receipt of funding from the BBSRC