Karin Dahlman Wright
Karin Dahlman Wright gained her PhD in 1991 for a thesis relating to the structure and function of a receptor for a hormone of the cortex of the adrenal gland. Her research team was the first in the world to be able to show the structure of that part of the receptor which bonds to DNA.
Her discoveries have had a major impact on basic research into an understanding of how proteins bond to DNA and govern the expression of genes.
After being awarded her doctors degree, Karin worked for a few years within the pharmaceuticals industry. Today, she is head of the department for biosciences and nutrient studies and leads a group conducting research into the effects of oestrogen on diabetes type-2, as well as breast cancer. She is also responsible for a core facility within the field of genomics. Karin enjoys spending her free time socialising with her five children aged between six and eighteen, and also playing tennis.