The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Chris Proudfoot

Dr Chris Proudfoot is the Large Animal Academic Liaison at The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh. He started his academic career with a BSc in Biochemistry-Microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, before completing a PhD in Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow studying DNA repair and recombination in trypanosomes. His first postdoctoral position involved a move from parasitology to molecular genetics where he was involved in the generation of site specific recombinases for genome engineering applications. He moved from Glasgow to join the group of Bruce Whitelaw at The Roslin Institute in 2011 where he worked on a project to generate trypanosome resistant cattle. Most recently, his work has centred on the utilizing of genome editors to generate modified livestock, with an aim to improve disease resistance or to generate models of human disease. Chris has experience of producing genome edited animals through the direct injection of ZFNs, TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 into zygotes and was a member of the team that produced the first edited livestock using this method.

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