Three Hall academics awarded professorships by Oxford

24 Oct 2023

Three hall professors

St Edmund Hall congratulates three of its academic researchers for being awarded Professorships at the University of Oxford in the most recent Recognition of Distinction exercise 2023. This is in recognition of their academic distinction.

Professor Jenny Taylor has been conferred the title Professor of Translational Genomics, Professor Aris Karastergiou is Professor of Astrophysics and Professor Claire Edwards is awarded the title of Professor of Bone Oncology.  We asked them for comment on this prestigious achievement.

“I am delighted to have the title of Professor of Translational Genomics conferred on me. When I returned to the University from the biotech sector in 2002 to lead a translational genomics programme, the term ‘translational research’ had only just been coined.  Since then my focus has been not just on genomics research, but also on ensuring that the results of this research are translated into the clinic, delivering new genetics tests and technologies for patients with rare diseases and cancers. I am very grateful for the many collaborations that I have had with colleagues, particularly those in the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, the Nuffield Department of Medicine, the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and, of course, St Edmund Hall, where this journey started as an undergraduate.” Professor Jenny Taylor.

“It is welcome news, as this is a step I feel I had to take in my professional life here in Oxford. In Oxford, it seems no two academics share the same path and experiences, and I have been lucky over the past years to enjoy the support of numerous talented people, from my students and group members, to mentors in the department and college. One way or another, this environment is providing me with opportunities to achieve the objectives of my work. I appreciate being given the message that these objectives have some value to the academic community.” Professor Aris Karastergiou.

“I’m honoured to have been awarded the title of Professor of Bone Oncology. I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout my academic career, both within the University of Oxford and beyond. This reflects the hard work and commitment of all the members of my research team, past and present, who work tirelessly to combat tumour growth within bone.” Professor Claire Edwards.


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