Fiona Powrie FRS is the Director of the Kennedy Institute and Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences.
Fiona studied biochemistry at the University of Bath followed by a PhD at the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford. Following postdoctoral studies in the USA she returned to Oxford in 1996 to establish her own lab as a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow. In 2010 she was appointed as the inaugural Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology and established the Translational Gastroenterology Unit to translate fundamental mucosal immunology into enhanced therapies for IBD. Her research interests include characterisation of host microbial interactions in the intestine and how these break down in inflammatory bowel disease. For her work on the role of regulatory T cells in intestinal homeostasis she received the Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2012.
Video: Gut reactions with Fiona Powrie
Our guts are home to trillions of intestinal bacteria and more immune cells than anywhere else in our bodies. Investigating the relationship between the two is vital as a breakdown can lead to diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer, and is also linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Watch Fiona Powrie discuss 'Gut Reactions' in the video below.