All The World’s A Microbe

Professor Robin May appointed Gresham Professor of Physics

First Lecture Series: All The World’s A Microbe

Embargo: 8am, Thursday 19th May 2022

Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, is delighted to announce the appointment of Robin May as the next Professor of Physic at Gresham College. This Professorship covers Medicine and the Biological Sciences.

Robin is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Birmingham and is currently serving as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency. He has spent most of his career studying host-pathogen interactions, with a particular interest in how some microbes are able to manipulate the human immune system to their own benefit.  He has a long-standing commitment to science communication and has won several prestigious awards, including Fellowship of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Colworth Medal.

He succeeds Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, who will continue to give a small number of lectures at Gresham in 2022-3 as an Emeritus Professor.

More about Professor Robin May.

Robin is Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham.  He took his first degree in Biological Sciences at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, followed by a Ph.D. in cell biology at the University of Birmingham. After three years as a Human Frontier Science Program fellow in The Netherlands, he returned to the UK to establish a programme of research on host-pathogen interactions.  From 2017-20 he was Director at the Institute of Microbiology & Infection and since 2020 has been serving as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Food Standards Agency.  Robin is a previous Lister Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

For more information, please visit the Gresham College website here!