Principal & Vice Chancellor of the University of Dundee
Professor Pete Downes is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee. He joined the University in 1989 and was a Vice-Principal of the University and Head of the College of Life Sciences for three years prior to his appointment as Principal.
His career has been characterised by outstanding scientific achievement and academic leadership. He has played a key role in developing life sciences at Dundee as a centre for excellence in the understanding and treatment of major diseases, including diabetes and cancer, and as a major contributor to the Scottish economy.
In August 2012 Prof Downes was appointed as the Convener of Universities Scotland, the body which represents Scotland’s universities, for the next two years.
Professor Downes is one of the most highly cited scientists in the UK. He was awarded the Colworth Medal of the British Biochemical Society in 1987 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1991 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009. He was honoured by the Queen with an OBE in 2004.