Professor Gillian Griffiths FMedSci FRS

Professor Gillian Griffiths FMed Sci FRS

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology and Director, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Gillian Griffiths has made key contributions to the fields of both cell biology and immunology, introducing important new concepts into both fields. Gillian Grififiths was one of the first to show that immune cells used specialised mechanisms of secretion, identifying the proteins and mechanisms controlling secretion from cytotoxic T lymphocytes by studying human genetic diseases and biochemical approaches. Her work has identified a new and unexpected role for the centrosome in exocytosis, and revealed that centrosome docking at the plasma membrane provides a focal point for exocytosis and endocytosis. Her work is both elegant and insightful.

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement