THE new director of the world-renowned Roslin Institute is to be Professor Eleanor Riley. She will take up post later this year in succession to Professor David Hume.

Professor Riley is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She will bring than 30 years’ experience of research in the UK and Africa to the job of heading the Institute – part of the University of Edinburgh – which most famously produced Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal cloned to be from an adult cell.

Riley said: “Roslin is one of the world’s most respected veterinary research organisations, with a long-standing reputation for excellence in improving animal health, welfare and production.

“I look forward to guiding the Institute to continued success and to strengthening research collaborations at home and abroad.”

The Roslin Institute is a UK National Institute of Bioscience and is part of Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.