Our new Science Director
We are delighted to announce that Dr Hazel Jackson has been appointed our new Science Director.
Dr Hazel Jackson is an evolutionary conservation geneticist who has joined the charity from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. Prior to her scientific career, Hazel spent eight years as a management executive in the Civil Service.
During her academic career Hazel was best known for her long-term research on wild ring-neck parakeets, and specialised in developing and using non-invasive molecular approaches to inform wildlife conservation. She is co-founder of a pan-European wildlife conservation network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
Hazel said:“It is a privilege to be appointed Science Director for Animal Free Research UK, and to be joining the team at the forefront of removing animals from medical research. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to fund high-calibre, innovative science which leads to the replacement of animal experiments by non-animal, human-relevant methods. I am very much looking forward to working with our scientists and stakeholders to advance ground-breaking, animal free science.”
Carla Owen, Chief Executive of Animal Free Research UK added: “I am delighted that Dr Hazel Jackson is joining us to lead our work with scientists and researchers. Her clear passion for science and commitment to animal welfare is second-to-none. Hazel’s appointment perfectly positions us to stride forward towards a future where outdated animal experiments have been replaced with cutting-edge, innovative medical research that provides better treatments for people suffering with diseases.”