The Royal Society has awarded a prestigious fellowship to Professor Michael Dustin, who holds the Kennedy professorship at Oxford University. This recognition is in acknowledgment of his significant contributions to immunology research. Professor Dustin’s groundbreaking work revolves around the concept of the immunological synapse, which elucidates how T lymphocytes identify and respond to target cells. He played a pioneering role in utilizing fluorescently labeled native molecules from antigen-presenting cells in supported planar bilayers to determine the molecules and pathways involved in T cell activation following antigen recognition. Additionally, he is renowned for being one of the first researchers to develop imaging techniques that visualize the dynamic nature of immune responses within tissues. His work has laid a crucial foundation for the advancement of therapies targeting T cell responses, particularly in the realms of vaccines and immune-oncology.
Expressing his gratitude for the recognition, Professor Dustin stated, “Becoming a fellow of the Royal Society is an immense honor. I never anticipated such a remarkable privilege and opportunity, and I am deeply appreciative. I eagerly look forward to contributing to the Royal Society’s objectives in any way I can.”
Professor Dame Fiona Powrie, the Director of the Kennedy Institute, commented on the recognition, saying, “The Royal Society’s well-deserved acknowledgment of Mike’s pioneering research underscores the invaluable knowledge he has imparted regarding T cell activation, ultimately informing immune therapy approaches for cancer and autoimmune diseases.”