Dr Ian Henderson is a group leader and lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In 2000 he was awarded a Gatsby Charitable Foundation Ph.D Studentship to work with Prof. Caroline Dean at the John Innes Centre, UK, where he studied the role of alternative polyadenylation in control of flowering-time. Prof. Dean’s research into epigenetic control of vernalization led Ian to take up postdoctoral research with Prof. Steve Jacobsen at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. At UCLA Ian investigated mechanisms of RNA-directed DNA methylation and its role in control of gene expression, supported by EMBO and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellowships. In 2008 Ian returned to the UK as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Gatsby Resident Fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The Henderson laboratory is actively investigating the control of meiotic recombination frequency by genetic and epigenetic factors. Ian is the recipient of the 2013 Society for Experimental Biology President’s Medal.