Professor Marysia Placzek

Professor Marysia Placzek

Marysia is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Science, and has inspired staff and students alike with her pioneering leadership.

A driving force behind one of our University’s key research facilities, Marysia directed the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics for many years and oversaw its evolution into the Bateson Centre. Her initiative and outstanding commitment to her colleagues and students contributed to the ongoing success of research in the Department during this challenging period of transition.

Marysia’s research focuses on the development of the vertebrate hypothalamus and she has earned international acclaim for her work in this field. In 2012 she was awarded an MRC Suffrage Science Heirloom in recognition of her achievements as a leading female scientist. Like many women, she balances the demands of world-leading research with family commitments, and has been celebrated by The Royal Society’s ‘Parent Carer Scientist’ project.

Colleagues agree that “Marysia is not just a role model for female scientists, but for all those with an aspiration to become a leader in their field.”