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Peter Cresswell PhD, FRS

Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and of Dermatology

Biographical Info

Dr. Cresswell is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

He received his B.S. degree in chemistry, his M.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and immunology from London University. His postdoctoral training was completed at Harvard University with Jack Strominger.

Before assuming his position at Yale, Dr. Cresswell was Chief of the Division of Immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K., and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.


International Activity

  • Singapore
    Scientific Advisory Board, Immunology Program, National University of Singapore, 2005 - present
  • France
    Scientific Advisory Board, Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), 2008
  • United Kingdom
    International Scientific Advisory Board, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, 2009

Education & Training

Ph.D.
University of London (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • Member, American Association of Immunologists
    (1976)
  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
    (1980)
  • ASHI Rose Payne Distinguished Scientist Award
    (1995)
  • Associate Member, European Molecular Biology Organization
    (1995)
  • American Society for Cell Biology
    (1996)
  • Fellow, Silliman College, Yale University
    (1999)
  • Fellow, The Royal Society
    (2000)
  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences
    (2000)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
    (2001)
  • The Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, England
    (2007)
  • Fellow, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, England
    (2007)

Professional Service

  • Awards Committee, American Association of Immunologists (2006 - 2009)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) (2005 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Immunology (2004 - 2007)
  • Editorial Board, Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (2003 - Present)
  • Advisory Panel, Nature Reviews Immunology (2002)
  • Editorial Board, Tissue Antigens (2002 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Immunological Reviews (2002 - 2008)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund (2002 - 2010)
  • Editorial Board, PNAS (2001 - Present)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, American Association of Immunology (1999)
  • Editorial Board, Traffic (1999 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Annual Review of Immunology (1998 - 2002)
  • Scientific Advisory Council, Cancer Research Institute (1997 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, Immunity (1994 - Present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Protein Science (1991 - 1994)
  • Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research, National Research Council (1987 - 1990)
  • Member, Allergy and Immunology Study Section, NIH (1987 - 1991)
  • Section Editor, Journal of Immunology (1985 - 1990)
  • Editorial Board, Human Immunology (1983 - 1997)

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