We a delighted to congratulate two Cancer Research UK Centre Members, Professor Neil Brockdorff of the Department of Biochemistry and Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo of the MRC Human Immunology Unit on their election as Fellows of the Royal Society. Fellows have made ‘a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science’. Oxford University academics were well represented in this week’s elections to the Royal Society, with six of the new Fellows, more than any other single Institution.
On receiving the news, Professor Cerundolo said ‘I am extremely honoured and humbled to be receiving such an important recognition…. I am certain that working in the exciting and vibrant environment of the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine and being able to collaborate with so many outstanding colleagues has contributed enormously to this achievement.’
Professor Cerundolo has strong collaborative links across the Centre and is undertaking work, supported through Centre and BRC NIHR funds, to understand complementary aspects of the immune response against solid tumours. His team are analysing the mechanisms by which tumour cells can evade immune responses focusing on expression of amino acid degrading enzymes; and the ability of tissue stroma to modulate the expression of tissue homing receptors expressed by T lymphocytes.