Short CV/Education and training

Previous Positions:

  • 1984 – 1985
    House Officer Posts: St. Bartholomew's Hospital and Hackney Hospital, London

  • 1985 – 1987
    Senior House Officer Posts: Hammersmith Hospital (2), London Chest Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital, London

  • 1987 – 1989
    Registrar in General and Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12

  • 1989 – 1992
    MRC Clinical Training Fellow in Respiratory Cell Biology, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and Hon. Registrar and Senior Registrar, Dept. of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital

  • 1992 – 1994
    Senior Registrar in Respiratory and General Medicine, Department of Medicine (Respiratory Division), Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12

  • 1994 – 1995
    Wellcome Advanced Fellow, Dept. of Medicine, University Hospital, Nottingham and Biochemistry of the Cell Nucleus Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London

  • 1996 – 2014
    Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant Physician, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • 2009 – 2014
    Deputy Director, MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics, University of Sheffield

  • 2010 – 2014
    Head, Department of Infection and Immunity, University of Sheffield

  • 2013 – 2014
    Sir George Franklin Professor of Medicine, University of Sheffield

Current Position:

    Professor and Head of Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh

    Director, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research

    Honorary Consultant Physician, Lothian Health Board

Selected publications

  • Thompson AA, et al. 2014. A local circadian clock calls time on lung inflammation (News and Views). Nature Medicine 20:809-11

  • Robertson AL, et al 2014. Modulation of reverse migration as an anti-inflammatory mechanism identified by an in vivo zebrafish inflammation screen. Science Translational Medicine 6:225ra29

  • BurgonJ et al. 2014. Serum and Glucocorticoid Regulated Kinase 1 (SGK1) regulates neutrophil clearance during inflammation resolution. Journal of Immunology 192:1796-1805.

  • Prince LR, et al 2014. Macrophage phenotype is associated with disease severity in preterm infants with chronic lung disease. PLoS One 9(8):e103059

  • Walmsley SR and Whyte MKB. 2014. Neutrophil energetics and oxygen sensing (commentary). Blood 123:2753-4.

  • Thompson AAR, et al 2013. Hypoxia-inducible factor 2α regulates key neutrophil functions in humans, mice and zebrafish. Blood 123:366-376 (with accompanying editorial).

  • Henry KM, Loynes CA, Whyte MKB, Renshaw SA. 2013. Zebrafish for the study of neutrophil biology. Journal of Leukocyte Biology 93:933-42

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair, MRC Clinical Training and Careers Panel

  • Registrar, Academy of Medical Sciences


  • Deputy Chair of MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanisms Board

  • Member, Wellcome Trust and MRC Boards

  • Chair, British Lung Foundation Scientific Committee

Additional qualifications

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of London


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