Many congratulations to Prof Peter Ghazal on election as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Peter Ghazal, Chair of Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine in the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.  Many congratulations!

48 researchers from across the UK have been recognised for their contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Academy Fellows are elected for excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their conspicuous service to healthcare. The expertise of the new Fellows includes addictions, anaesthesia, age-related diseases and animal biology.

In addition to Peter Ghazal (right), three other members of the University of Edinburgh were also elected fellows: Elaine Dzierzak, Chair of Haematological Regeneration, Seth Grant, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, and Aziz Sheikh, Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Co-Director Centre for Population Sciences.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said,

The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their broad range of expertise and fantastic achievements to date shows just how strong the Fellowship is – from the NHS knowledge of Sir Andrew Dillon to the policy experience of Professor Christl Donnelly. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

5 new Fellows are from University College London, and 4 are from each of the following institutions - University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh. Other new Fellows are drawn from across the UK, including Aberdeen, Southampton and Bath, and from companies including AstraZeneca, Astex and Immunocore.


About Peter

Peter Ghazal's research interests are aimed towards understanding how host-gene networks control infection, especially with those host-pathways associated with the immune-metabolic axis. Recent studies have been in the field of host genomics of early-life infection, mapping gene networks of systemic host response to infection and understanding the link between sterol metabolism and Interferon-host response. These studies are specifically aimed at the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies, including predictive modelling of host-defence against infection, and the development of new computational and functional genomic methods for gaining a deeper understanding of complex dynamical biological systems.


Full list of Fellows of Academy of Medical Sciences elected in 2015

  1. Professor Wendy Atkin, Professor of Gastrointestinal Epidemiology, Imperial College London
  2. Professor Andrew Baker, BHF Professor of Translational Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Glasgow Professor Clive Ballard, Professor of Age Related Disease and Co-Director of the Centre for Age Related Disease, King’s College London
  3. Professor Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and University of Cambridge.
  4. Dr Ewan Birney FRS, Associate Director, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Genome Campus
  5. Professor Sarah Bray, Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Cambridge
  6. Professor Peter Brocklehurst, Director Institute for Women’s Health, University College London Professor Frances Brodsky, Director of the Division of Biosciences and Professor of Cell Biology, University College London
  7. Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton Professor Yanick Crow, Professor of Genetic Medicine, University of Manchester
  8. Professor John Danesh, BHF Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Head of Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
  9. Sir Andrew Dillon CBE, Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  10. Professor Caroline Dive, Professor of Cancer Pharmacology and Deputy Director Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester
  11. Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and Wellcome Trust Investigator, University of Leicester
  12. Professor Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Imperial College London
  13. Professor Elaine Dzierzak, Chair of Haematological Regeneration, University of Edinburgh
  14. Professor Paul Emery, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, Director - Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, LTHT, Director – Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds
  15. Professor Jorge Ferrer, Chair of Genetics and Medicine; Head of Epigenomics and Disease Section, Imperial College London
  16. Professor Matthew Freeman FRS, Professor of Pathology and Head of Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
  17. Professor Peter Ghazal, Chair of Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine, University of Edinburgh
  18. Professor Neil Gow, Director of Research and Commercialisation at College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen
  19. Professor Seth Grant, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh
  20. Professor Fiona Gribble, Professor of Endocrine Physiology, University of Cambridge
  21. Professor Simon Hay, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford
  22. Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke, Professor of Angiogenesis; Deputy Director of Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London
  23. Professor Laurence Hurst FRS, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Bath
  24. Professor Bent Jakobsen, Chief Scientific Officer, Immunocore Ltd
  25. Dr Harren Jhoti, President and CEO, Astex Pharmaceuticals
  26. Professor Paul Kaye, Professor of Immunology; Director Centre for Immunology and Infection, University of York and Hull York Medical School
  27. Professor David Klenerman, Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  28. Professor Diana Kuh, Professor of Life Course Epidemiology and MRC Director, University College London Professor Catherine Law, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health; University College London
  29. Professor Janet Lord, Professor of Immune Cell Biology; Director MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, University of Birmingham
  30. Professor Andrew Loudon, Beyer Professor of Animal Biology, University of Manchester
  31. Dr Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
  32. Professor John McMurray, Professor of Medical Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Glasgow
  33. Professor Massimo Palmarini, Professor of Virology and Director of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow
  34. Dr Menelas Pangalos, Executive Vice President and Global Head, AstraZeneca
  35. Professor Ian Pavord, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Oxford
  36. Professor Aziz Sheikh, Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Co-Director Centre for Population Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  37. Professor John Strang, Professor of Addictions; Head of Addictions Department, King’s College London Dr Charles Swanton, Senior Group Leader Francis Crick Institute and Chair in Cancer Medicine University College London Hospitals and Cancer Institute
  38. Dr Sarah Teichmann, Research Group Leader EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute & Senior Group Leader, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  39. Professor Alan Thompson, Dean, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London
  40. Professor Irene Tracey, Nuffield Professor Anaesthetic Science and Head Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford
  41. Professor Charlotte Watts, Professor in Social and Mathematical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  42. Professor Michael Way, Senior Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute, Lincoln's Inn Fields Laboratory; Professor of Virology Imperial College London
  43. Professor Martin Wilkins, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology; Head of Department of Medicine, Imperial College London
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