Professor Veronica van Heyningen CBE
Member, Royal Society Diversity Committee,
The Royal Society
Veronica van Heyningen worked for many years at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, identifying genes mutated in disease and deciphering genome function. As an ambitious working mother she successfully juggled parental duties and work and is aware of the difficulties women face in making their way in STEM careers. As a Fellow of the Royal Society (RS) and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, she now mentors early career women scientists to transmit her experience. She is a member of the RS Diversity group which aims to develop strategies and design lasting policies to help women and minority groups conquer the career barriers they encounter.