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Department of Pathology


The Department of Pathology is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Professor of Pathology, Adrian Liston FMedSci.

After an extensive search that attracted many exceptional candidates, we are delighted to have recruited Adrian Liston as our new Professor of Pathology.

Professor Liston has an outstanding track record of innovative research, often with direct clinical relevance, particularly in how the immune system impacts brain function and health. He is equally committed to excellence in teaching and promoting a positive research culture based on equality, diversity and inclusivity. We very much look forward to welcoming him to our Department in April this year and to working with him in the years to come.

Professor Liston comes to us from the Babraham Institute, where he was Senior Group Leader. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

The Liston laboratory currently works on understanding the interaction between the immune system and tissues, particularly the brain and lungs. The laboratory has extensive experience in autoimmune genetics, diabetes, primary immunodeficiencies, systems immunology, the thymus and regulatory T cells. Beyond his research interests, Professor Liston writes extensively about science careers: how early career scientists can navigate the academic career pathway and succeed in starting their lab, and what should be done to make scientific careers more equitable. 

Professor Liston's PhD research was on T cell tolerance and diabetes with Professor Chris Goodnow at the Australian National University, followed by post-doctoral research on regulatory T cell biology with Professor Sasha Rudensky at the University of Washington. From 2009-2018, Professor Liston ran his independent laboratory and founded two core facilities, on flow cytometry and CrispR, at the VIB and the University of Leuven, in Belgium. In 2019, Liston relocated his research team to the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK.

He was awarded a fellowship to the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Francqui Chair, the Eppendorf Prize, a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and three ERC grants, among other honours. Professor Liston has published more than 200 scientific papers, with >14,000 citations and an h-index of 55, including key publications in neuroimmunology, regulatory T cell biology, systems immunology, new genetic causes of primary immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity and bioinformatics

Following his appointment, Professor Liston shared the following: "I see this as an exciting opportunity to join an institute with a passion for teaching, an eye for excellence and a positive scientific culture. I am looking forward to being a part of the next chapter of Pathology."



Useful links:

Liston Laboratory's Website

Academy of Medical Sciences Profile

Google Scholar Profile

@LabListon on Twitter