Dr Maria Christophorou announced as a SUSTAIN participant

Dr Maria Christophorou announced as a SUSTAIN participant

Key points:

  • Dr Maria Christophorou announced as a participant in the SUSTAIN career development programme run by the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • The programme supports female researchers in their first independent positions.



Dr Maria Christophorou has been selected as one of the 24 participants who will take part in the SUSTAIN career development programme operated by the Academy of Medical Sciences. The programme provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential, comprised of interactive career development workshops, one to one mentoring with an academy fellow, and a peer support network of other participants.

Maria, a group leader in the Institute’s Epigenetics research programme, said: “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn, from more experienced and accomplished colleagues, how to navigate the challenges of forging an independent academic career. I am very thankful to the Academy of Medical Sciences and I will strive to pay this forward to my peers and mentees.” 

This programme forms a key part of the Academy’s strategy to support women at all stages of their career, helping more women secure senior positions. 24 participants were announced in the fourth round, all in their first independent position but representing different sectors of the research community, including doctors, scientists and engineers.

Maria is a Wellcome-Beit and Sir Henry Dale Fellow and joined the Institute’s Epigenetics research programme in January 2020.


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About the Babraham Institute
The Babraham Institute undertakes world-class life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. Our research focuses on cellular signalling, gene regulation and the impact of epigenetic regulation at different stages of life. By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, we aim to improve wellbeing and support healthier ageing. The Institute is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, through an Institute Core Capability Grant and also receives funding from other UK research councils, charitable foundations, the EU and medical charities.

Additional/related resources
News article: New group leader joins the Epigenetics research programme, 15 January 2020