‘When I look in the mirror, my butterfly mind sees art, science, and poetry’ Frances Ashcroft is an internationally renowned physiologist and geneticist. She’s a Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University of Oxford, as well as being a Fellow of Oxford’s Trinity College. Frances is Director of OXION, a research and training initiative on ion channels. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1999. Frances’ research group has earned worldwide acclaim for its work on insulin secretion, type 2 diabetes and neonatal diabetes. She delivered the Royal Society’s 2013 Croonian Lecture and was one of five L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award winners in 2012; she has also penned several science and popular science books. Asked what she wishes she’d known when she was younger, Frances told us: ‘The confidence just to believe in oneself a little bit more would have made life a great deal easier for me… and would have given me the opportunity to do things that I didn’t do until much later on.’

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