Novel Gene Expression in Yeast, and a Successful Lifelong Research Career with Retiring Professor Jean Beggs
From Hanna Peach
Have you ever wondered what a fulfilling scientific life is like? A life full of dreams, failures, success, fame? Professor Jean Beggs has retired from the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology after a long career. She is a trailblazer, who became an independent researcher, PI and was awarded professorship. In this episode, she talks about her long and successful career in science, alongside important issues such as imposter syndrome. As a researcher, she is interested in understanding how genes are expressed, in the mechanisms that determines how they are expressed, and how the expression is regulated. Professor Beggs was the first researcher to develop two eukaryotic (yeast, specifically) cloning vectors. This is commonly referred to as cloning, in which yeast which is transformed will take up exogenous DNA, as a vector to study the expression of genes.