Professor Adrian Hayday, who leads our Biomedical Research Centre’s immunity and infection research theme, has been elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. 50 Fellows are elected each year in recognition of their exceptional contributions to science, engineering and medicine.

Royal Society Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. There are approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 80 Nobel Laureates.

Professor Hayday said of his appointment: “I am conscious that it is a privilege to undertake pure “discovery science” and to pass on the insights gained by teaching and through clinical application. Our determination to pursue our curiosity about how immune cells function at body surfaces has been greatly supported by King’s and the Crick, by Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust; and by Yale University before that. In all these regards, I am fortunate to have been able to work with terrifically talented and dedicated young scientists and many outstanding collaborators.  What progress we’ve been able to make is due to them.”

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said: “Science is a way of understanding both the world around us and ourselves. It is one of the great triumphs of human achievement and has contributed hugely to our prosperity and health. Science will continue to play a crucial role as we tackle some of the great challenges of our time including food, energy, health and the environment.  The scientists elected to the Fellowship are leaders who have advanced their fields through their ground breaking work. We are delighted to welcome them to the Royal Society.”