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Professor Adrian Hayday

Kay Glendinning Professor of Immunobiology

King’s College London

King’s College London & Francis Crick Institute


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Adrian Hayday trained as a biochemist, undertook PhD studies in tumour virology, and then pursued postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT he characterised chromosome translocation breakpoints in human B cell lymphomas and contributed to identification of the hitherto unanticipated gamma delta T cell compartment by being the first to describe T cell receptor gamma chain genes.

In 1985 he joined the faculty at Yale, where he helped show that gamma delta T cells illustrate a distinct, unrecognised aspect of lymphocyte biology, including the cells' disproportionate association with tissues rather than with lymphoid organs and their rapid responses to tissue stress. At a time when tumour immune surveillance was not widely accepted, his lab showed that mice lacking gamma delta T cells are profoundly more susceptible to carcinogens.

His group returned to London in 1998 to establish the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology at King's College London. He joined the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute as a joint appointee in 2009 and progressed to Senior Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute in 2016.

Among many honours, in 1997 he became the first biologist to win Yale College's most prestigious prize for scholarship, the William Clyde DeVane Medal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and past-president of the British Society for Immunology.