Degrees and Honours

  • BSc, PhD, DSc (London); MA (Cantab)
  • KM Stott Prize for Science Newnham College, Cambridge
  • Honorary Member of The International Society for Animal Genetics
  • Honorary Member of The Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Past Membership of Professional Bodies

  • International Society for Animal Genetics (Secretary 1970-78, President 1984-90)
  • British Society for Immunology
  • Physiological Society
  • Biochemical Society



In 1953 Betty joined what is now the Babraham Institute as a Scientific Officer and progressed to be a Senior Principal Scientific Officer and Head of the Department of Molecular Physiology before retirement in 1994. She was a Lucy Cavendish Senior Member 1970-73, Governing Body Fellow 1973-2001, and served on Awards, Constitution, Fellowship, Research Fellowship and Fine Arts Committees.

She was invited to work as a visiting scientist at laboratories in Sweden, Denmark, Kenya, South Africa and California USA and was a Guest Lecturer and Chairperson at International Conferences. She was also an International Expert Advisor, University Examiner and Referee for Scientific Journals. and European Community Grants.

Research Interests

Animal Genetics and Immunology

Her research on Animal Blood Groups and Gene Mapping in relation to Farm Animals led to collaborative studies on Chimaerism, Embryo Manipulation, Heterohybridoma Production, Membrane Transport and Genome Analysis.


She has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.