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Keith Gull

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Keith Gull
Born (1948-05-29) 29 May 1948 (age 76)[2]
Alma materKing's College London (BSc, PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisStudies on the Effect of Griseofulvin on Fungal Growth and Cytology (1973)

Professor Keith Gull CBE FRS FMedSci (born 29 May 1948)[2] is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Molecular microbiology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. He was the principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford[3] from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2018, succeeding Michael Mingos.[4][5]


Gull was educated at Eston Grammar School and King's College London where he was awarded a first class Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 followed by a PhD in 1973.[6]

Career and research[edit]

On completion of his PhD, he moved to a lectureship at the University of Kent. He held a personal chair at Kent when he moved to the University of Manchester where he spent the 1990s involved with the development of the School of Biological Sciences as Head of Biochemistry and Research Dean. He moved to Oxford in 2002. He was Chairman of the Biochemical Society (1999–2002), and is a trustee of Cancer Research UK. According to Google Scholar[7] and Scopus[8] his most cited peer-reviewed scientific papers are on Trypanosoma brucei[9][10] and Trypanosoma cruzi.[11] More recently, the Gull laboratory[12] has worked on Leishmania.[13][14]

After nine years as Principal Professor of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Gull retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, and was succeeded by Kathy Willis.[15][16]


During his tenure as Principal of St Edmund Hall, he was alleged to have exploited college finances by claiming £500 in “Christmas presents” and “gifts” between November and December 2015, and £185 on a desk lamp in November 2017.[17] Gull defended his Christmas expenses claims, but not the desk lamp claim.[18]

In 2010, Gull attracted criticism by his students and the national press for the decision to spend £15,000 on a college snowdrop garden amid budget cuts. He defended the decision, claiming the snowdrops will be "fantastic", but apologised for the way in which it was made.[19][20][21]

In 2015, Gull declined requests to clarify the status of claims made by Bongbong Marcos, son of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, about whether he finished his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[22]

Awards and honours[edit]

Among numerous prizes, fellowships, and other awards, Keith Gull was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize from the Society for General Microbiology (1996), was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999), elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2003,[23] and was appointed a CBE in the 2004 New Year Honours list for services to microbiology.[24] He holds an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Kent. His certificate of election to the Royal Society reads:

Distinguished for his contributions to our understanding of the cell and molecular biology of eukaryotic microbes, especially fungi, slime moulds and trypanosomes. His work has provided important insights into how cells construct their cytoskeletons by modulating tubulin gene expression and protein modification. His novel approaches have led to discovery of unusual mechanisms of microtubule initiation and the partitioning of genomes in sleeping sickness trypanosomes, also of the relationship of division to differentiation in these parasites. His discovery of the mode of action of the antifungal agent griseofulvin has been followed by explanations of the selective toxicity and resistance mechanisms of fungicides and anthelminthics.[25]

Gull was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The EMBO Pocket Directory" (PDF). European Molecular Biology Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Anon (2015). "Gull, Keith". Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U18407. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ http://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/index.php?section=47 The Principal, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
  4. ^ "The Hall elects its next Principal", St Edmund Hall
  5. ^ "SEH academic staff", St Edmund Hall
  6. ^ Gull, Keith (1973). Studies on the effect of griseofulvin on fungal growth and cytology (PhD thesis). London, Queen Elizabeth College. OCLC 681147643.
  7. ^ ""keith gull" – Google Scholar". Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  8. ^ Keith Gull publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Ngô, H.; Tschudi, C.; Gull, K.; Ullu, E. (1998). "Double-stranded RNA induces mRNA degradation in Trypanosoma brucei". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 95 (25): 14687–14692. Bibcode:1998PNAS...9514687N. doi:10.1073/pnas.95.25.14687. PMC 24510. PMID 9843950.
  10. ^ Berriman, M.; Ghedin, E.; Hertz-Fowler, C.; Blandin, G.; Renauld, H.; Bartholomeu, D.; Lennard, N.; Caler, E.; Hamlin, N.; Haas, B.; Böhme, U.; Hannick, L.; Aslett, M. A.; Shallom, J.; Marcello, L.; Hou, L.; Wickstead, B.; Alsmark, U. C.; Arrowsmith, C.; Atkin, R. J.; Barron, A. J.; Bringaud, F.; Brooks, K.; Carrington, M.; Cherevach, I.; Chillingworth, T. J.; Churcher, C.; Clark, L. N.; Corton, C. H.; et al. (2005). "The Genome of the African Trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei". Science. 309 (5733): 416–422. Bibcode:2005Sci...309..416B. doi:10.1126/science.1112642. PMID 16020726. S2CID 18649858.
  11. ^ El-Sayed, N. M.; Myler, P.; Bartholomeu, D.; Nilsson, D.; Aggarwal, G.; Tran, A.; Ghedin, E.; Worthey, E.; Delcher, A.; Blandin, G.; Westenberger, S. J.; Caler, E.; Cerqueira, G. C.; Branche, C.; Haas, B.; Anupama, A.; Arner, E.; Aslund, L.; Attipoe, P.; Bontempi, E.; Bringaud, F.; Burton, P.; Cadag, E.; Campbell, D. A.; Carrington, M.; Crabtree, J.; Darban, H.; Da Silveira, J. F.; De Jong, P.; Edwards, K. (2005). "The Genome Sequence of Trypanosoma cruzi, Etiologic Agent of Chagas Disease". Science. 309 (5733): 409–415. Bibcode:2005Sci...309..409E. doi:10.1126/science.1112631. hdl:11336/80500. PMID 16020725. S2CID 3830267.
  12. ^ http://users.path.ox.ac.uk/~kgull/publications.htm Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Keith Gull lab publications
  13. ^ Wheeler, R. J.; Gluenz, E.; Gull, K. (2011). "The cell cycle of Leishmania: Morphogenetic events and their implications for parasite biology". Molecular Microbiology. 79 (3): 647–662. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2010.07479.x. PMC 3166656. PMID 21255109.
  14. ^ Hodges, M. E.; Scheumann, N; Wickstead, B; Langdale, J. A.; Gull, K (2010). "Reconstructing the evolutionary history of the centriole from protein components". Journal of Cell Science. 123 (Pt 9): 1407–13. doi:10.1242/jcs.064873. PMC 2858018. PMID 20388734.
  15. ^ "A Celebration of Keith Gull". St Edmund Hall. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  16. ^ "St Edmund Hall elects new principal". ox.ac.uk. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Old boys' clubs and toilet brushes: how college bosses spend your money". Cherwell. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Exposed expenses hide a darker truth". Cherwell. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Fury sprouts over snowdrop garden". Cherwell. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  20. ^ "Oxford college in row over £15,000 field of snowdrops". The Telegraph. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  21. ^ "Oxford students hit out at £15,000 snowdrop field". The Telegraph. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  22. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Did Bongbong Marcos lie about Oxford, Wharton?". Rappler. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Professor Keith Gull CBE FMedSci FRS". Royal Society. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015.
  24. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/57155/supplements/8 "New Year Honours List 2004"
  25. ^ "Certificate of Election EC/2003/18: Keith Gull". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2020.