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Professor Jane Clarke


Professor Jane Clarke
Chemical Biology
Fellow type
Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellow (former Fellow 2010-17)


Professor Jane Clarke defines herself as “a scientist, teacher, mother and grandmother, who has spent a lifetime in supporting the development of brilliant young people”.

Her career is unconventional: After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry from York she became a secondary school science teacher. When she was 40, with a young family at home, she switched careers and started her PhD at Cambridge, breaking many accepted academic “norms” to become Professor of Molecular Biophysics, in the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge.  She a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Sciences.

She joined Trinity Hall as a Professorial Fellow in 2010 stepping down to become President of Wolfson College in 2017.

Degrees / qualifications

University of York, BA Biology with Chemistry 1972

University of Cambridge, Hughes Hall, Post Graduate Certificate of Education 1983

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atalanta GA USA MSc Applied Biology 1990

University of Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College, PhD Chemistry 1984