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Caetano Reis e Sousa

Caetano Reis e Sousa

Professor Caetano Reis e Sousa FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2019


Caetano Reis e Sousa obtained a BSc from Imperial College in 1989 and a DPhil from Oxford in 1992. After a postdoc at NIH, he set up his lab in 1998 at the ICRF, later to become CRUK’s London Research Institute and now subsumed into The Francis Crick Institute.

Caetano’s research centres on the mechanisms involved in sensing infection, cancer and tissue injury. He has helped to define the cells and pathways involved in innate immune detection of RNA viruses, fungi and dead cells. He was elected a member of EMBO in 2006, a fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences in the same year and made an Officer of the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada by his native Portugal in 2009. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. Caetano is currently an Assistant Research Director and Senior Group Leader at the Crick where he heads the Immunobiology Laboratory. He is also Professor of Immunology at Imperial College and honorary professor at UCL and King’s College London.

Professional positions

, The Francis Crick Institute
Assistant Research Director and Senior Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Cellular and humoral immunology, General microbiology (incl bacteriology and virology)


Innate immunity, myeloid cells, RNA viruses

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