Professor Heather Wallace

Chair of Medical Research Scotland

I am a Professor in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen and am Head of Industrial Liaison for the School. I am involved in teaching Toxicology, Pharmacology and Bio-Business to both postgraduate and undergraduate students.

I was appointed as Chair of Medical Research Scotland in 2022 after becoming a Trustee in 2017. I was attracted to the charity and its mission to develop the careers of biomedical scientists and, in particular, the focus on collaboration, especially with industry. Having worked in collaboration with industry, I am a strong believer in preparing graduates for the real world and I think it is essential that graduates have an appreciation of the commercial side of healthcare and the discovery and development of medicines.

It is a privilege to contribute to the mission of Medical Research Scotland and to help to develop the researchers of the future. As Chair, a key aspect of my role is to strategically develop and effectively deliver the goals of the charity and help ensure good decision making.