Professor Wolf Reik steps down as Institute Director

Professor Wolf Reik steps down as Institute Director

Professor Wolf Reik steps down as Institute Director


The Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Professor Wolf Reik, FRS, FMedSci, from his position as Director of the Babraham Institute.

Professor Reik has accepted a new role with another research organisation and has agreed with the Board to resign his position as Director with immediate effect. The Board has also agreed with Professor Reik that he will continue as a group leader at the Institute.

The Board will now begin the search for a new Institute Director. To help manage this process the Board have appointed Dr Simon Cook as the Interim Director.

The Board would like to thank Professor Reik for his work at the Institute over more than 30 years and wish him every success in the future.


Professor Peter W. J. Rigby, FRS, FMedSci,

Chair of the Babraham Institute Board of Trustees



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