Professor Haites became Vice-Principal for Development in September 2011, having previously been Head of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine. In this role, Professor Haites provides academic support for the work of the University’s Development Trust, in addition to ongoing activities around equality and diversity and human resources.
Neva is currently Vice President for Life Sciences at The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
She is Professor of Medical Genetics and is a retired Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Her recent external roles include being a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Chief Scientist Committee of the Scottish Government, and also Chair of the Biomedical and Therapeutics Research Committee. She has a special interest in inherited predisposition to cancer and Chaired the Cancer Genetics Sub-Group of the Scottish Cancer Group for a number of years. As a Clinical Geneticist she saw individuals and families with a history of cancer and provided counselling, genetic testing and services for surveillance where appropriate.
Neva Haites was born in Brisbane and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry and the University of Queensland before moving to Aberdeen where she did her medical degree and training.