|Born||1932 (age 81–82)
|Fields||Molecular biology and genetics|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge and University of Toronto|
|Doctoral advisor||Louis Siminovitch|
|Known for||Interferon type 1 requires the synthesis of effector proteins|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2001|
Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou FMedSci (born 1932) is a British molecular biologist and geneticist. She is Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at King's College, London specialising in the area of cellular, genetic and proteomic studies on patient breast tumour samples, and works within the Breast Cancer Biology Group. She was the first to identify that the action of interferon type 1 requires the synthesis of effector proteins.
Early life and education
Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou was born in 1932 in Burnley, Lancashire. She read biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1954. Further study lead to a PhD at the University of Toronto, supervised by Louis Siminovitch.
As an early career researcher, Taylor-Papadimitriou worked at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), London with Alick Isaacs. Here she found that the action of type 1 interferons requires effector protein synthesis. She worked in Greece for eight years following NIMR, returning to England after to set up her own lab at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF).
Her work has included identifying and characterising the MUC1 membrane mucin, a breast and ovarian tumour associated antigen which is over expressed and aberrantly glycosylated in these tissues. Immunogens based on the MUC1 mucin are in various clinical trials.
Honours and awards
- "Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou". Kcl.ac.uk. King's College London. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Antigone Limited". Dellam Corporate Information Limited, England. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Watt, F. M. (16 December 2003). "Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou". Journal of Cell Science 117 (3): 371–372. doi:10.1242/jcs.00983.
- "Professor Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou FMedSci". www.acmedsci.ac.uk. The Academy of Medical Sciences. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
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