Donald Palmer

Donald Palmer’s job involves studying, and teaching others about, the way in which the human body protects itself from infections and from malfunctions, including cancer. He is especially interested in the way in which the body’s immune system changes with age and spends a lot of time using chemicals and instruments to examine the surfaces of human cells. As a child born and brought up in south London by parents who had emigrated from Jamaica, he watched Star Trek and read Marvel comics, identifying with the character of Peter Parker (Spider-man) as a ‘regular’ person who liked and was good at science. His journey from schoolchild to Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College began with an Ordinary National Diploma in Medical Sciences at South London Technical College and he attributes his success to helpful mentors and his own hunger to succeed.  

Share this page
Twitter hashtag #mylifeinscience