BSI / NVVI Congress 2016 | 6 - 9 December, Liverpool UK

Siamon Gordon

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Siamon Gordon

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Biography

Siamon Gordon was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1938 and graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1961.After a year at the Wright-Fleming Institute, London, in the department of Rodney Porter, he spent 10 years at Rockefeller University, New York, first with Alexander Bearn as a postdoctoral scientist, then as doctoral student with Zanvil  Cohn.His PhD on macrophage cell fusion was completed in 1971.He was an assistant Professor at Rockefeller till 1976, when he joined the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford in 1976, as Reader in Experimental Pathology, progressing to Professor of Cellular Pathology.He was elected to Honorary Membership of the American Association of Immunology, to Fellowship of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Science.He has received various prizes, including the Bonazinga award. He retired in 2008, but remains active in research and writing, especially about the history of macrophages.

He received an Honorary doctorate from the University of Cape Town, where he has been involved in a Research Institute of Infectious Disease for the past decade.During this period he initiated an AIDS prevention project, which included publication and distribution of an educational cartoon booklet.He has mentored a number of research  students and post-doctoral scientists , including from South Africa.

His research has focused on macrophage heterogeneity, differentiation and activation, during development, infection and metabolic  disease.His interest in cell fusion lead to the development of a range of monoclonal antibodies  to study macrophages in tissues such as bone marrow, spleen and the nervous system.The functional significance of macrophage  receptors and giant cell formation remained an interest to the present.

All session by Siamon Gordon