News › New Chief Executive joins UK's leading bioscience funder
1 October 2008
Professor Douglas Kell has today started as the new Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences. Rothamsted Research is sponsored by the BBSRC.
Speaking in an interview for the BBSRC website, Prof Kell, said: “Having had funding from BBSRC over almost all of its remit over the years I have a broad interest in taking forward the kind of science that BBSRC has been sponsoring for a long time. Having been fortunate enough to be chosen to be Chief Executive, I’m really looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
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Notes to EditorsProf Kell’s appointment was announced by the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) in July. The appointment is for four years and followed open competition.
Prof Kell was born in London in 1953. He is married with three children. Prof Kell studied at the University of Oxford and then conducted research at Aberystwyth University. He joined UMIST in 2002, which merged with the Victoria University of Manchester to form The University of Manchester in 2004.
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