Neil A. R. Gow

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Neil Gow

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Neil Gow at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Born (1957-11-30) 30 November 1957 (age 61)
EducationMadras College
Perth Academy[1]
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (BSc)
University of Aberdeen (PhD)
Scientific career
Cell biology[2]
InstitutionsUniversity of Exeter
University of Aberdeen
ThesisGrowth, physiology and ultrastructure of the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans (1982)
Doctoral advisorGraham W. Gooday

Neil Andrew Robert Gow (born 30 November 1957)[3] FRS FRSE FMedSci FRSB[4][5] is a professor of Microbiology and deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Exeter.[6] Previously he served at the University of Aberdeen for 38 years[1][2] and retains an honorary Chair there.[7]


Gow was educated Madras College and Perth Academy.[1] He studied 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.[8][9]

Research and career[edit]

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.[10][11][12][13]

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.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Gow has received several awards for his research, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci),[when?] the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)[5][when?] and the American Academy of Microbiology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016[4] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB).[1][when?]


  1. ^ a b c d Anon (2017). Gow, Prof. Neil Andrew Robert. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U286513. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Neil A. R. Gow publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Neil A. R. Gow at Library of Congress Authorities
  4. ^ a b c Anon (2016). "Professor Neil Gow FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. 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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  5. ^ a b "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows as of 2016-05-13" (PDF). Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ "University of Exeter". Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Professor Neil Gow: Chair in Microbiology, University of Aberdeen". Aberdeen: Archived from the original on 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ Gow, Neil Andrew Robert (1982). Growth, physiology and ultrastructure of the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. (PhD thesis). University of Aberdeen. OCLC 646445444. EThOS
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.