Professor Sir John Gurdon

Dr John Gurdon did his undergraduate work in
Zoology in the University of Oxford and later a oneyear
postdoctoral position at CalTech in USA. He
returned to Oxford and became a university lecturer in
Embryology. In 1971 he moved to the MRC Molecular
Biology Laboratory in Cambridge, continuing his
work on Amphibian developmental biology. In 1983
he moved to the University of Cambridge as John
Humphrey Plummer Professor of Cell Biology. He
co-founded a research Institute of Developmental and
Cancer biology with Professor Laskey as co-chairman
and was Chairman of this Institute until 2002.

During his career Dr Gurdon concentrated on nuclear
transplantation in the frog Xenopus. He has also carried out
a range of experiments with this material, discovering the
value of messenger RNA microinjection, mechanisms of
response to morphogen gradients, and, most recently,
mechanisms of nuclear reprogramming by Xenopus oocytes
and eggs. Dr Gurdon served as Master of Magdalene
College Cambridge from 1995-2002 and has received
various recognitions and awards.