Wolfson Fellow Professor Gordon Dougan FMedSci FRS has been elected to a Fellowship of The Royal Society. Principal Research Scientist and Head of Pathogens at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Gordon Dougan is distinguished through his investigations into how bacteria interact with and stimulate the mucosal surfaces of the body during infection.
His work has focused on bacterial pathogens, principally Salmonella Typhi and other enteric bacteria and has exploited genetic manipulation of both the host and pathogen. He has made important contributions to basic studies on the molecular basis of the infection process, genomics and to the development of practical vaccines.
The Fellowship of The Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth, who are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. The Society has elected 44 new Fellows for 2012.