After an undergraduate degree in Engineering (Agronomy) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Anne Goriely obtained a PhD studying the development of the nervous system of the Drosophila embryo. She spent 4 years in New York at Cornell Medical School and Rockefeller University, before moving to the UK to work on the nervous system development of the chick embryo. In 2000 she joined the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (University of Oxford) to study the origin of rare human developmental disorders.
She is currently Associate Professor of Human Genetics and co-heads the Clinical Genetics Laboratory at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. Using a human genetics approach, her group’s main interests lie in elucidating the mechanisms by which we acquire new mutations and the implications of such processes in health, disease and for human evolution. Her group also engages actively with local high school students to encourage young people to follow a career in science and to stimulate critical thinking about the promises (and pitfalls) of the so-called ‘Genomic Revolution’.