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Professor Keith Gull

CBE, DSc(Hon), FRS, FMedSci, FRSB
Telephone: 
+44 1865 279003

I have been Principal of St Edmund Hall since 2009. Previously, I was a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford. I still hold a Chair of Molecular Microbiology and have an active research laboratory in the Dunn School. Prior to that I held Chairs of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the Universities of Manchester and Kent and visiting appointments in Austria and the USA.

I teach aspects of tropical medicine to medical and science students in Oxford, in particular the molecular microbiology of parasites causing diseases such as Malaria, African Sleeping Sickness and Leishmaniasis. I have major interests in the education of graduate students and have initiated and been involved in many developments in graduate schools and graduate education. Currently I run short courses in East and West Africa for young scientists and am Director of one of the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programmes in Oxford.

A central theme of my research has been the biochemistry and cell biology of microtubules.  This interest was initiated by my early finding that a number of antibiotics and drugs acted by inhibiting these essential cellular components. My interests are now focused on the African trypanosome – the parasite causing Sleeping Sickness, a devastating disease of sub-Saharan Africa. My laboratory is particularly interested in the structural and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis.

Further details of my research can be found at my faculty page.