The first geneticist dedicated to psoriatic disease

| Steve Bieler

Editor's note: In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you stories of the women who shaped NPF's past. 

The professional career of Anne Bowcock, M.D, Ph.D., and her research into the human genome spans three continents. 

It began at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1984, when Bowcock received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Human Genetics. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, from 1984 to 1990, she worked extensively with DNA markers. Today, Bowcock is Professor and Chair in Cancer Genomics at Imperial College, London. 

Bowcock was the first geneticist to dedicate herself to psoriasis gene research. In 2003, using the samples available from what was then called the National Psoriasis Tissue Bank, she and her colleagues identified three genes linked to psoriasis susceptibility – the first time anyone had linked any gene to psoriatic disease. In the wake of her discovery, and at her urging, NPF began funding an annual meeting of international researchers working on psoriatic disease.

Bowcock has served on NPF’s Scientific Advisory and Scientific Review Committees, spoken at the Research Symposium, and advocated for more funding for research before Congress. Though she was the first geneticist in the psoriatic disease field, she continues to play a leading role in ongoing research.

Other stories in our Women's History Month series:

Barbara Butler

Sheri Decker

Kathleen Gallant

Bevery Foster Halprin

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