Professor Lea is Director of the Central Oxford Structural Microscopy and Imaging Centre and Professor of Microbiology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.
Susan is primarily interested in what structural biology can help us understand about the way in which pathogens and their hosts first encounter each other. This work has led to potential therapeutic opportunities with structures suggesting opportunities for novel vaccination strategies.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “As we elect new Fellows each year, the Academy continues to grow as a unique and productive hub of the best minds in UK medical science. Our expanding and evolving Fellowship allows the Academy to play a vital role in tackling the major health challenges facing society today and in the future.
“The election of these 46 exceptional biomedical and health researchers is a well-deserved honour. Each newly elected Fellow has made an outstanding impact in the community, contributing to the development of better healthcare - from fundamental scientific understanding to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. I am delighted to welcome them to the Academy and greatly look forward to working with them all in the future.”
This year's elected Fellows have expertise that spans women’s health, immunology, public health and infectious disease among many other fields.
Also elected to the Academy from the University of Oxford were Professor James Berkley, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health; and Professor Philip K. Maini FRS, Professor of Mathematical Biology and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology.
The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a ceremony on 28 June 2017.