Frances Balkwill OBE is Professor of Cancer Biology at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, where she leads the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation and is co-research lead in the Institute of Bioengineering.
She is also involved in public engagement with science as Director of the Centre of the Cell, a biomedical science education centre and outreach project in East London. There have been more than 100,000 participants in Centre of the Cell activities since September 2009. She has authored science books for children, and she received the 2004 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences and the 2005 Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize. She is Chair of the organisation Understanding Animal Research, and she serves on Medical Research Council and European Research Council grant committees.