Jane Langdale is currently Professor of Plant Development in the Biology Department at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at The Queen’s College. Jane’s research focusses on understanding the genetic mechanisms that underpin how leaves develop and how they evolved (www.langdalelab.com) and she is currently co-ordinator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘C4 Rice Project’ (www.c4rice.com). In 2021 she co-ordinated a community initiative to produce the ‘UK plant science research strategy: a green roadmap for the next 10 years’, which set out clear goals for research and innovation involving plants.
She was elected a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2007, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015, an International Member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2019 and a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2020. She was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to plant science.