Azim Surani wins Gairdner award for discovery of genomic imprinting
Professor Azim Surani, a Wellcome Investigator, has been given a prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award. It recognises outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine through increased understanding of human biology and disease.
He then went on to explore the fundamental principles of the germ line and primordial germ cell specification
His research has dealt with some of the most fundamental questions in biology – how parents' genetic information is passed to their offspring, and how the mechanism of epigenetic 'resetting' works to erase past epigenetic information in primordial germ cells and ensure correct future information in gametes and ensuing fertilisation.
Azim Surani: career at a glance
PhD in Mammalian Development at the University of Cambridge, 1975
Established independent laboratory at the Babraham Institute in 1979 as a Senior Principal Investigator
Returned to the University of Cambridge as Marshall–Walton Professor at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute in 1991
Currently Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research
Awards include Gabor Medal, Royal Medal from the Royal Society and ISSCR McEwen Award for Innovation.
Wellcome has supported Professor Surani's work since the early 1990s.
Jim Smith, Wellcome's Director of Science, says: "Azim is an extraordinarily gifted scientist with an outstanding record of internationally leading research in the field of epigentics and mammalian germ cell development. His work highlights the profound importance that correct gene dosage plays in development and physiology.
"In addition to his outstanding personal track record, Professor Surani's scientific leadership, research enthusiasm and innovative interdisciplinary approach have inspired many scientists worldwide."