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Top PI Caroline Dean: A blooming good career

In January, the European molecular biology organisation awarded plant biologist Caroline Dean its 2015 Women in Science Award. Dean, who has won €5 million in funding from the European Research Council, tells Lindsay McKenzie that her success is down to single-mindedness and a little flower power.

Caroline Dean has worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England, for 27 years. She won this year’s Embo Women in Science Award and was named in the top 1 per cent of highly cited scientists around the world last year. She has won two Advanced Grants, worth €2.5m each, from the ERC and is a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society and Germany’s Leopoldina academy, as well as a foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.

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