Fiona Powrie is the Director of the Kennedy Institute at the University of Oxford. She studied biochemistry at the University of Bath followed by a PhD with Don Mason at the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford. She undertook postdoctoral training with Bob Coffman at the DNAX Institute in Palo Alto USA before returning to Oxford in 1996 as a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow. In 2010 she was appointed as the inaugural Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology and established the Translational Gastroenterology Unit to translate fundamental mucosal immunology into enhanced therapies for IBD. Her research interests include characterisation of host microbial interactions in the intestine and how these break down in inflammatory bowel disease. Her work has identified the functional role of regulatory T cells in intestinal homeostasis and shed light on their development and mechanism of action. She has also shown that both adaptive and innate immune mechanisms contribute to intestinal inflammation and identified the IL-23 pathway as a pivotal player in the pathogenesis of chronic intestinal inflammation. Fiona Powrie received the Ita Askonas Award from the European Federation of Immunological Societies and the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine 2012. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, of EMBO in 2013 and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
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