Melvyn Greaves

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Mel Greaves

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Greaves delivering the Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Prize lecture at the 2015 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference
Born1941 (age 76–77)
Alma materUniversity College London
Scientific career

Professor Melvyn Francis Greaves FMedSci, FRS (born 1941) is a British cancer biologist, and Professor of Cell Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London.[1] He is noted for his research into childhood leukaemia and the roles of evolution in cancer, including important discoveries in the genetics and molecular biology underpinning leukaemia.[2][3]


Greaves initially trained in zoology and immunology, earning a PhD in 1968 from University College London.[citation needed]

Career and research[edit]

In the mid-1970s his research turned to leukaemia, an interest he attributes to a tour of Great Ormond Street Hospital. He worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratories at Lincoln's Inn Fields (now part of the Francis Crick Institute) before moving to the ICR in 1984.[4] At the ICR he served as Director of the Leukaemia Research Fund's Centre for Cell and Molecular Biology of Leukaemia from 1984-2003, and launched the Centre for Cancer Evolution in 2013.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Melvyn F. Greaves and Geoffrey Brown, "Purification of Human T and B Lymphocytes", The Journal of Immunology, January 1, 1974, vol. 112 no. 1 420-423
  • Melvyn F. Greaves (ed) Monoclonal antibodies to receptors: probes for receptor structure and function, Chapman and Hall, 1984, ISBN 978-0-412-25330-0
  • Edward S. Henderson, Thomas Andrew Lister, Melvyn F. Greaves (eds) Leukemia, Saunders, 1996, ISBN 978-0-7216-5381-5
  • Melvyn F. Greaves (ed) Cancer: the evolutionary legacy , Oxford University Press, 2000[ISBN missing]

Awards and honours[edit]

Greaves awards and honours include: