Monash scientist honoured by prestigious UK Medical Fellowship

Monash University scientist, Professor Jamie Rossjohn, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK.

The Academy of Medical Sciences Fellows are considered the UK’s leading medical scientists, elected for their contribution to biomedical and health research, the generation of new knowledge in medical sciences and its translation into benefits to society.

Professor Rossjohn, Head of the Infection and Immunity Program at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) and also Professor of Structural Immunology at Cardiff University, Wales, was one of 46 researchers to receive this accolade.

Professor Rossjohn, ARC Laureate Fellow, is recognised internationally for his contributions to the field of immunology.

Namely, Rossjohn has provided the basis of key immune recognition events by T cells.  He has shown how T cells recognise polymorphic Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) molecules and unearthed mechanisms of HLA polymorphism impacting on drug and food hypersensitivities.  Moreover, he has pioneered our understanding of lipid and metabolite based immunity.

“I am greatly honoured to be invited to join this prestigious academy,” Professor Rossjohn said.

“The Fellowship reflects not only on my work personally but that of my colleagues both at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Cardiff University,” he said.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:

“The election of these 46 exceptional biomedical and health researchers is a well-deserved honour. Each newly elected Fellow has made an outstanding impact in the community, contributing to the development of better healthcare – from fundamental scientific understanding to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. I am delighted to welcome them to the Academy and greatly look forward to working with them all in the future.”

In congratulating Professor Rossjohn, Monash BDI Director, Professor John Carroll, said:

"This is highly-deserved recognition of Jamie’s sustained high-impact contributions to biomedical sciences, and the award is another reflection of the Monash BDI’s world standing, and will strengthen our connections with leading scientists in Britain."

The new Fellows were formally admitted to the Academy in a ceremony in London held last week.

The Fellows being formally admitted to the Academy in a ceremony in London.

The Fellows being formally admitted to the Academy in a ceremony in London.