Published: 08 May 2014

Infectious diseases expert scoops prestigious research award

Professor Johnjoe McFadden’s groundbreaking work has been recognised with a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

The honour, for scientists of ‘outstanding achievement and potential’, was awarded for Professor McFadden’s pioneering research into tuberculosis, specifically his project 'Building an in silico description of the host-pathogen interaction in TB.'

Professor McFadden, professor of Molecular Genetics and Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, is an expert in developing new systems biology approaches to infectious diseases, developing the first in silico metabolic model of the TB bacillus in 2007 and the meningococcus in 2010. He also has interests in the emerging field of quantum biology. His current research includes a collaborative project between academics in the UK and India which aims to develop a control strategy for bovine tuberculosis.

The Wolfson Research Merit Award scheme helps universities to recruit or retain respected scientists to the UK. The scheme is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Professor McFadden said: “It is a great honour to receive this award from the Royal Society and the Wolfson Foundation. I hope it will raise the profile of our work at Surrey."

Professor McFadden is the third professor within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences to receive this prestigious award in recent years. Last year, it was presented to Professor Derk-Jan Dijk for his sleep-wake research.

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