Professor Jean Beggs is Emeritus Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh and is an emeritus member of the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology at Edinburgh University.

She is well known for her development of gene cloning methods and contributions to understanding gene expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Prior to closing in 2019, her laboratory studied pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing and links to transcription. Many of the yeast strains and plasmids described in publications from the Beggs laboratory have been deposited with the Yeast Genetic Resource Center (YGRC; http://yeast.nig.ac.jp/yeast/), Osaka, Japan, from which they can be obtained.