Science honour for Wadham Fellow

5th May 2020


Wadham Fellow, Professor Fiona Powrie, has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Professor Fiona Powrie

    Professor Fiona Powrie

Oxford University Statutory Professor in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Fiona is Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.

The American National Academy of Sciences, based in Washington, announced Fiona’s election in  recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership of the Academy is among the highest honours a scientist can achieve.
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.
Commenting on the award, Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdoanld QC said: “This signal honour is a tribute to Fiona’s research and a reflection of her well-deserved international reputation. I am sure you will all join me in offering Fiona our sincere congratulations.”
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the US federal government and other organisations.