Prof Matthew Freeman
Head of the Sir Willliam Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

Since January 2013, Matthew Freeman has been Head of the Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford. Until then, he was a group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, where he was the Head of the Cell Biology Division. His first degree is from Oxford, his PhD from Imperial College, London, and he was a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. His group studies the molecular mechanisms of how cells communicate with each other, focusing on fundamental cell biology, but has the goal of revealing principles relevant to many human diseases.

For much of his career he has worked on Drosophila but is now increasingly focused on mammalian systems. Most recently, he has discovered new mechanisms for controlling the signalling that leads to inflammation in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. He is the winner of the EMBO Gold Medal (2001), the Hooke Medal of the British Society for Cell Biology (2003), and the Novartis Prize and Medal (2015). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.