Neil A. R. Gow

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Neil Gow
Professor Neil Gow FMedSci FRS.jpg
Neil Gow at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Born (1957-11-30) 30 November 1957 (age 60)
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisGrowth, physiology and ultrastructure of the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans (1982)
Doctoral advisorGraham W. Gooday

Neil Andrew Robert Gow (born 30 November 1957)[1] FRS[2] FRSE[3] FMedSci is a professor of Microbiology in the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.[4][5]


Gow was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded a PhD in 1982 for research on the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans supervised by Graham Gooday.[6][7]


Gow's research career has been in the field of fungal biology and medical mycology. He is known for his discoveries in fungal biology and genetics, morphogenesis and pathogenesis. His studies of how the cell walls of fungal pathogenic species is assembled, responds to antifungal antibiotics and is recognised by the human immune system directly impacts on the design and use of antifungal drugs, diagnostics and immunotherapies for fungal diseases.[8][9][10][11]

After his PhD, Gow worked in Denver before returning to Aberdeen, where he has developed a team that has recently[when?] become a Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Medical Mycology and is one of the largest centres in this field worldwide. He has helped co-ordinate UK training and research in medical mycology and has acted as President of the British Mycological Society, the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) and the Microbiology Society.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Gow has received several awards for his research, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences[when?], the Royal Society of Edinburgh[3][when?] and the American Academy of Microbiology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ Neil A. R. Gow at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2016). "Professor Neil Gow FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

  3. ^ a b "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows as of 2016-05-13" (PDF). Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-30.
  4. ^ "Professor Neil Gow: Chair in Microbiology, University of Aberdeen". Aberdeen: Archived from the original on 2016-05-17.
  5. ^ Neil A. R. Gow publications indexed by Google Scholar
  6. ^ Gow, Neil Andrew Robert (1982). Growth, physiology and ultrastructure of the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans (PhD thesis). University of Aberdeen. OCLC 646445444.
  7. ^ Gow, Neil A. R.; Gooday, Graham W. (1982). "Growth kinetics and morphology of colonies of the filamentous form of Candida albicans". Journal of General Microbiology. 128 (9): 2187–2194. doi:10.1099/00221287-128-9-2187. PMID 6757383.
  8. ^ Odds, Frank C.; Brown, Alistair J.P.; Gow, Neil A.R. (2003). "Antifungal agents: mechanisms of action". Trends in Microbiology. 11 (6): 272–279. doi:10.1016/S0966-842X(03)00117-3. PMID 12823944.
  9. ^ Netea, Mihai G.; Brown, Gordon D.; Kullberg, Bart Jan; Gow, Neil A. R. (2008). "An integrated model of the recognition of Candida albicans by the innate immune system". Nature Reviews Microbiology. 6 (1): 67–78. doi:10.1038/nrmicro1815. PMID 18079743.
  10. ^ Cormack, B. P.; Bertram, G.; Egerton, M.; Gow, N. A. R.; Falkow, S.; Brown, A. J. P. (1997). "Yeast-enhanced green fluorescent protein (yEGFP): a reporter of gene expression in Candida albicans". Microbiology. 143 (2): 303–311. doi:10.1099/00221287-143-2-303. PMID 9043107.
  11. ^ Butler, Geraldine; Rasmussen, Matthew D.; Lin, Michael F.; Santos, Manuel A. S.; Sakthikumar, Sharadha; Munro, Carol A.; Rheinbay, Esther; Grabherr, Manfred; Forche, Anja; Reedy, Jennifer L.; Agrafioti, Ino; Arnaud, Martha B.; Bates, Steven; Brown, Alistair J. P.; Brunke, Sascha; Costanzo, Maria C.; Fitzpatrick, David A.; de Groot, Piet W. J.; Harris, David; Hoyer, Lois L.; Hube, Bernhard; Klis, Frans M.; Kodira, Chinnappa; Lennard, Nicola; Logue, Mary E.; Martin, Ronny; Neiman, Aaron M.; Nikolaou, Elissavet; Quail, Michael A.; Quinn, Janet; Santos, Maria C.; Schmitzberger, Florian F.; Sherlock, Gavin; Shah, Prachi; Silverstein, Kevin A. T.; Skrzypek, Marek S.; Soll, David; Staggs, Rodney; Stansfield, Ian; Stumpf, Michael P. H.; Sudbery, Peter E.; Srikantha, Thyagarajan; Zeng, Qiandong; Berman, Judith; Berriman, Matthew; Heitman, Joseph; Gow, Neil A. R.; Lorenz, Michael C.; Birren, Bruce W.; Kellis, Manolis; Cuomo, Christina A. (2009). "Evolution of pathogenicity and sexual reproduction in eight Candida genomes". Nature. 459 (7247): 657–662. doi:10.1038/nature08064. PMC 2834264. PMID 19465905.