Dr. Helen Tempest, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine, is the 2015 winner of the Innovation in Academia Award for Science and Technology. The Innovation in Academia Awards are being given out for the first time this year, as part of a partnership between the University of Kent and BritWeek, a non-profit organization that recognizes and celebrates “creativity and innovation between the U.K. and the U.S.”.
Dr. Tempest's expertise focuses on utilizing molecular cytogenetics to study reproductive biology and chromatin organization. Her specific research endeavors to better understand the genetic basis of male infertility and to study the role of chromatin organization in DNA damage, DNA repair, gene expression and genome stability. Dr Tempest's research has resulted in publications in the top reproduction and cytogenetic journals, including Nature for her contribution to the chicken genome project at the University of Kent. She is also the recipient of the 2006 and 2007 Petro Canada Young Innovators Awards and the 2006 Champion Technologies Award.
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