Gillian Griffiths

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Gillian Griffiths
Born Gillian M. Griffiths
Alma mater
Thesis Molecular analysis of the immune response (1983)
Doctoral advisor César Milstein
Notable awards

Gillian Griffiths, FMedSci FRS is a British cell biologist and immunologist. Griffiths was one of the first to show that immune cells have specialised mechanisms of secretion, and identified proteins and mechanisms that control cytotoxic T lymphocyte secretion.[1] Griffiths is Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology at the University of Cambridge and is the Director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


When she was young, Griffiths initially thought she might like to be an ecologist. However, she began her scientific career at University College London by studying immunology. She continued in the subject, undertaking her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge supervised by César Milstein.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Griffiths holds a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship and she is a Fellow at King's College Cambridge. Griffiths was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. Her nomination for the Royal Society reads


  1. ^ a b c "Professor Gillian Griffiths FMedSci FRS". The Royal Society. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Stinchcombe, J. C.; Salio, M; Cerundolo, V; Pende, D; Arico, M; Griffiths, G. M. (2011). "Centriole polarisation to the immunological synapse directs secretion from cytolytic cells of both the innate and adaptive immune systems". BMC Biology. 9: 45. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-9-45. PMC 3149597Freely accessible. PMID 21711522. 
  3. ^ Tsun, A; Qureshi, I; Stinchcombe, J. C.; Jenkins, M. R.; de la Roche, M; Kleczkowska, J; Zamoyska, R; Griffiths, G. M. (2011). "Centrosome docking at the immunological synapse is controlled by Lck signaling". The Journal of Cell Biology. 192 (4): 663–74. doi:10.1083/jcb.201008140. PMC 3044125Freely accessible. PMID 21339332. 
  4. ^ Griffiths, G. M.; Tsun, A.; Stinchcombe, J. C. (2010). "The immunological synapse: A focal point for endocytosis and exocytosis". The Journal of Cell Biology. 189 (3): 399. doi:10.1083/jcb.201002027. 
  5. ^ Cetica, V; Santoro, A; Gilmour, K. C.; Sieni, E; Beutel, K; Pende, D; Marcenaro, S; Koch, F; Grieve, S; Wheeler, R; Zhao, F; Zur Stadt, U; Griffiths, G. M.; Aricò, M (2010). "STXBP2 mutations in children with familial haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 5". Journal of Medical Genetics. 47 (9): 595–600. doi:10.1136/jmg.2009.075341. PMID 20798128. 
  6. ^ Gillian Griffiths's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Sedwick, C. (2013). "Gillian Griffiths: How T cells get on target". The Journal of Cell Biology. 200: 4. doi:10.1083/jcb.2001pi. PMC 3542799Freely accessible. PMID 23295346. 

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