Prof Andrew George
Imperial College London
Director of the Graduate School and the School of Professional Development
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Ensuring the sustainability of researcher development within Imperial College
Andrew George did his first degree at the University of Cambridge, before going on to the Tenovus Laboratories in the University of Southampton to do his PhD with Professor Freda Stevenson, developing a vaccine for B cell lymphoma. He was awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship and stayed in Southampton for his first postdoctoral period, before going to Dr David Segal's laboratory in the NIH, Bethesda, USA, where he used recombinant techniques to generate novel antibody molecules. In 1992 he returned to the UK as a lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital (now part of the Faculty of Medicine of Imperial College London). He is Professor of Molecular Immunology in the department. Andrew's research has sought to understand and manipulate the immune system in order to treat disease, in particular to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs. He has also used mathematical models to understand how the immune system functions. During 2003-2006 he was BBSRC Research Leave Fellow, and was awarded the DSc by Imperial College in 2012. In addition to his research, he has been involved in the ethical conduct and regulation of research. He is currently Chair of the UK's National Research Ethics Advisors' Panel, Chair of the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) and is also on the Clinical Trials Expert Advisory Group for the Commission of Human Medicines/MHRA. He is a trustee of Action Medical Research, a governor of Richmond Adult Community College, and is on the Training Advisory Group of NERC. Andrew is Director of the Graduate School and the School of Professional Development at Imperial College London.
He has also been Head of Science BSc courses for the faculty of medicine and a course organiser for many years for the MSc in immunology. In 2000 and 2004 he was given an Imperial College Award for Excellence in Teaching.