Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS

Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge. UKRI brings together the UK’s research councils, Innovate UK and Research England, operating with a combined budget of more than £8 billion each year.

Prior to this Ottoline Leyser was Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, an interdisciplinary research institute combining computational modelling with molecular genetics and cell biology to elucidate the dynamical systems underpinning the control of plant growth and development. She has made important contributions to understanding the role of plant hormones in developmental plasticity, using the control of shoot branching in Arabidopsis as a model system.’