Professor Richard Gardner

Honorary Fellow
Early embryology and pattern formation in mammals, and the potential of embryonic stem cells in regenerative medicine

Richard Gardner studied Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s before doing a PhD in the University’s Physiology Department with Nobel Laureate Robert Edwards. In 1973 he was appointed to a University Lectureship at Oxford where, from 1978 till his retirement in 2008, he held a Royal Society Research Professorship. His research interests include investigating the fate of cells in early mammalian development and the properties of stem cells derived from early embryos. He was awarded the Zoological Society’s Scientific Medal in 1977 and was elected to the Royal Society in 1979. He received the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology in 1999, the Royal Society’s Royal Medal in 2001, a Knighthood in 2005 and an Honorary Doctorate from Cambridge in 2012. For many years he chaired the Royal Society’s working group on ‘human embryo research’, and served recently as President of the Institute of Biology (now the Society of Biology). He also holds an Honorary Visiting Professorship at the University of York.