|Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
FRS FRCP FMedSci FLSW
|345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge|
1 October 2010
|Preceded by||Dame Alison Richard|
|Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council|
1 October 2007 – 30 September 2010
|Preceded by||Colin Blakemore|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Savill|
|Born||Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz
13 April 1951
Wales Cardiff, Wales, UK
|Nationality||Welsh / British|
|Alma mater||Cardiff University School of Medicine
Imperial College London
|Occupation||Immunologist and academic|
Sir Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz FRS FRCP FMedSci FLSW (born 13 April 1951) is a Welsh immunologist and scientific administrator. He is currently the 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, his term of office (a maximum of seven years) having started on 1 October 2010. Borysiewicz was formerly chief executive of the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council.
Education and early life
Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz was born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, to Jan and Zofia (née Wołoszyn) Borysiewicz, ethnic Polish World War II-era refugees (from what is present-day Belarus) who came to Great Britain with the Anders' Army.
Borysiewicz studied medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine and received a PhD from the Imperial College London in 1986 for his thesis, entitled Cell mediated immunity to human cytomegalovirus infection (cytotoxic T cell and natural killer cell mediated lysis of human cytomegalovirus infected cells).
Borysiewicz pursued a career in academic medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Wolfson College, and then as a consultant at Hammersmith Hospital. He headed the Department of Medicine at the University of Wales before joining Imperial College London, where he was promoted to Deputy Rector responsible "for the overall academic and scientific direction of the College," In September 2007, it was reported he would succeed Colin Blakemore as the 9th head of the Medical Research Council, a national organisation that supports medical science with an annual budget of around £500 million.
Awards and honours
In 2002 he was awarded the Moxon Trust Medal of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Governor of the Wellcome Trust, a council member of Cancer Research UK, a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and co-chair of the MRC's advisory group on stem cell research. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of medicine in 2010 at the University of Sheffield. Borysiewicz is also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
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|Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge