Masters of the Bench
Professor Dame Jean Thomas DBE
Full Title: Professor Dame Jean Thomas DBECategory: Honorary Benchers
Bench Call Date: 13.10.2009
Dame Jean is the first woman Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. She started in Cambridge in 1967 at Darwin College, moving to New Hall as a Fellow. Her Professorship is in Macromolecular Biochemistry, where she led a Cambridge team studying the structure and dynamics of chromatin and its role in the repression and activation of genes. She is a Governor of the Wellcome Trust and an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and of the Academia Europaea. She has served on the Council of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, with The Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine, and as a Trustee of the British Museum.