Caetano Reis e Sousa obtained a BSc(Hons) in Biology in 1989 from Imperial College, London, and a DPhil in Immunology in 1992 from Oxford. He subsequently trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Ron Germain at the National Institutes of Health, USA. In 1998, he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, later to become Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute (LRI), as head of the Immunobiology Laboratory. In 2015, the LRI was subsumed into the new Francis Crick Institute where Caetano is currently a Senior Group Leader. He is also Professor of Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College and holds honorary professorships at University College London and King’s College London. Caetano’s research centres on the regulation of adaptive immunity by antigen-presenting cells, the innate immune mechanisms involved in sensing pathogen presence and cell death and the complexity of the mononuclear phagocyte system. His scientific contributions have been widely recognised and he is included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters) and has won the BD Biosciences Prize of the European Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Society (2002), the Liliane Bettencourt for Life Sciences Award (2008) and the Award for Excellence in Basic/Translational Research from the European Society for Clinical Investigation (2011). He is a fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences (elected 2006), a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO; elected 2006) and was made an Officer of the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada by his native Portugal in 2009.
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