Richard Treisman

Richard Treisman

CRICK DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Richard Treisman conducted his thesis research on polyomavirus transcription and RNA processing with Bob Kamen at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), receiving his PhD in 1981. He then moved to Boston for postdoctoral work on globin gene expression and thalassemia genes with Tom Maniatis.

In 1984, he joined the staff of the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) in Cambridge, where he started working on how transcription is regulated by growth factors. Initially focusing on the Fos gene, he identified the transcription factor SRF and cloned its gene.

He returned to the ICRF in 1988 to focus on investigating SRF's regulatory cofactors and their cognate signalling pathways. This led to molecular characterisation of the TCF family of SRF cofactors as targets for MAP kinase signalling, and the demonstration that the MRTF transcription cofactors are novel G-actin binding proteins that sense fluctuations in G-actin concentration.

Richard is member of EMBO, and a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences; he was awarded the EMBO medal in 1995 and the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2002. In 2000 he became Director of the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (LRI;formerly the ICRF laboratories). He played an important role in the establishment of the Crick and the transition of LRI from Cancer Research UK to the new institute, becoming the Crick's Director of Research at the institute's inception in 2015. He was knighted in 2017.

Qualifications and history

1981
Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK (now Cancer Research UK)
PhD (Advisor: Bob Kamen)
1981
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow (Advisor: Tom Maniatis)
1984
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Scientific Staff
1988
Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK (now Cancer Research UK)
Established lab
2000
Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK (now Cancer Research UK)
Director of Laboratory Research
2002
London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK
Director
2009
Francis Crick Institute
Research Director
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