Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Past Member
Phase(s): 5

Bruce Whitelaw is an academic who provides leadership within academia and the animal biotechnology sectors. Bruce holds the Chair of Animal Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh and is the Director of The Roslin Institute, a BBSRC strategically funded Institute embedded in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the Easter Bush Campus of the University.


Within the veterinary campus at Easter Bush, he is Dean of Research and Innovation, Chairman of Roslin Innovation Centre, and until recently was a Non-exec Director of Roslin Technologies Ltd. Bruce is the Agritech Lead with the University’s Data Driven Innovation programme funded through the Edinburgh & South East Scotland’s City Deal, and is a Principal of the Centre for Tropic Livestock Genetics & Health supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.


Through his bioscience research reflected in nearly 200 scientific manuscripts and 12 patents, Bruce pioneers the application of genetic technologies in farmed animals. He currently focusses on genome editing technology and animal stem cells, aiming to advance novel applications for the agricultural and biomedical communities, including projects taken forward into the commercial sector, with his research primarily funded by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council. Bruce is a member of the Food Standards Agency’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods & Process and its subcommittee Products of Genetic Technologies and was recently a member of the Nuffield Council’s Genome Editing and Farm Animals Working Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Professor Whitelaw joined the SSAC on 1 December 2022.

Professor Bruce Whitelaw