Dr. Carole Thomas


Dr. Carole Thomas leads the ‘Women in Science’ agenda at The John Innes Centre (JIC) and played an instrumental role in JIC being the first Research Institute to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award, an award that recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM. She is also a Daphne Jackson Trustee, a UK Charity dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break.

After graduating with a Biochemistry degree from Manchester University, and a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from Cardiff University she became a postdoctoral scientist at the John Innes Centre.  Her research was focused on plant virus interactions and cell-to-cell communication. In 2008 she moved from research to the JIC Directorate, where she supports the JIC Director in preparing high-level scientific projects/papers and ensures an efficient and effective Directorate.