Professor Hugh Dickinson


Fields of interest

The cell biology, genetics and epigenetic programming of reproductive cell (germ-cell) lineages. Over some 45 years the Dickinson Lab has contributed to our understanding of how plant reproductive cells establish patterns on their surfaces, carry information from one generation to the next, establish compatibility (or otherwise) on pollination and, following fertilisation, use a system of ‘genomic imprinting’ to ensure correct development of the embryo within the seed. This work has been funded by the BBSRC, the European Commission, the Leverhulme Trust and the MRC. Until recently Sherardian Professor of Botany and Keeper of the Botanic Garden at Oxford, Hugh Dickinson has served on numerous research council and EC committees, as a Trustee of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the John Innes Institute in Norwich, and has chaired institutional and departmental reviews. There is a profile article here and more information and an abbreviated publication list can be found at

Job description

The Chairman heads the Company and normally chairs all of its meetings. As a member of the Company's Executive, the Chairman is a Director of the Company and a Charitable Trustee. Like all Company Members, the Chairman also oversees all aspects of the ownership, support and operation of the Company itself and of its five published titles Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS, in silico PlantsBotanyOne, and The Week in Botany. Being located in Oxford he is well placed to liaise with the Annals of Botany's Oxford Editorial Office, and with the publisher of both Annals of Botany and AoBPLANTS, Oxford University Press. Professor Dickinson has additional responsibilities towards Annals of Botany.

Contact details

Office  Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd., Oxford, OX1 3RB, UK

Direct   +44 (0)1865 275800

Mobile   +44 (0)7764 929070



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