Professor Colin Brooks

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  • Address: Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences
    Medical School
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    2nd Floor William Leech Building
    Framlington Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH


B.A. (Natural Sciences, Biochemistry). University of Cambridge
M.A. (Natural Sciences). University of Cambridge
Ph.D. (Faculty of Medicine). University of London


1971 - 1974 Wellcome Research Scholarship. St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, University of London
1974 - 1980 Research Fellow. Cancer Research Campaign Laboratories, University of Nottingham
1980 - 1985 Associate. Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, U.S.A.
1985 - 1986 Visiting Research Fellow. Molecular Biology Laboratory, University of Nottingham
1986 - 1989 Leech Lecturer in Immunology. University of Newcastle
1989 - 2001 Leech Senior Lecturer in Immunology. University of Newcastle
2001 - 2007 Reader in Immunology. University of Newcastle
2007 - Present Professor of Cellular Immunology. University of Newcastle

Roles and Responsibilities

Vice President Newcastle University and College Union
Elected Member of Newcastle University Senate


Research Interests

The major interest of my lab. is NK cells, a set of immune cells with prominent granules that plays an important role in defence against infectious disease and cancer.  Our research is focussed on the development and recognition capabilities of these cells.   Both are controlled by surface receptors, many of which belong to multigene families such as the NKRP1, NKG2, and Ly49 families, and in recent years my lab. has been involved in studies of each of these families.  The group has an international reputation,  collaborates with several laboratories in the UK and abroad, and over the last 20 years has been continuously funded by grants from the BBSRC and MRC.

Postgraduate Supervision