Beverly Griffin

  • Date created: 14 June 2016

It is with sadness that we report the death of Beverly Griffin, alumna of the former Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) laboratories at Lincoln's Inn Fields. 

Beverly, a native of Louisiana, joined the ICRF in 1972 following postdoctoral work with Fred Sanger at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. She was instrumental in determining the sequence of mouse polyomavirus. At its completion in 1980, at 5,293 base pairs it was one of the longest pieces of eukaryotic DNA ever sequenced.

In broadening her interest to the study of Epstein Barr virus, the causative agent of most Burkitt's lymphoma, she met her future husband, Tomas Lindahl, who subsequently joined her in London and is now a Crick emeritus scientist.

In 1984, Beverly moved to the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital as Professor of Virology where she continued to work on the Epstein Barr virus until her retirement.

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